James For You

Showing you how real faith looks in real life

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Expository Bible-study guide to James, showing how real faith looks in real life.

Part of the God's Word For You series.

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What is the difference between genuine faith and counterfeit faith? How do we know for sure that our faith is real? How can we know joy even in trials, and patience even in suffering?

James is a book full of practical, life-changing help for real life. James For You makes clear its teaching and applies its challenges to the experiences of everyday Christians as Sam Allberry brings his clarity, wisdom and humour to every page.

You can read through this book as a normal book… work through it as part of your daily Bible-reading routine… or use it to help you teach this letter, whether in small groups or from the pulpit.

There is an accompanying Good Book Guide available containing Bible studies for small groups.

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  • 1. Joy in trials
  • 2. Against pride and deception
  • 3. More than listening
  • 4. No favouritism
  • 5. Faith works
  • 6. Worse than sticks and stones
  • 7. Coming back to God
  • 8. On schedules and bank balances
  • 9. Patience in suffering
  • 10. Prayers that change things

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Author Sam Allberry
ISBN 9781910307793
Format Paperback
First published September 2015
Dimensions 135mm x 216mm x 13.1mm
Print size 9pt
Language English
Pages 176
Publisher The Good Book Company

Justin Taylor

Vice President, Crossway; blogger, Between Two Worlds

In these pages Sam explains how this explosive letter can shape the way we relate to God, to the church, and to the world. If you are looking for an insightful, convicting, encouraging, accessible guide to the book of James, then this is the guide for you!

Chris Green

Vicar, St James Muswell Hill, north London; author of Cutting to the Heart

Pitch perfect. Deep enough to equip the reader for the trickiest passages, without overwhelming them with detail. We used this book in our congregation and the result was a well-fed and suitably challenged church.

Russell D. Moore

President of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission

Soundly doctrinal, eminently practical, and beautifully devotional, this just might be the most accessible yet serious commentary on James available. I don't like to admit this, but I find many biblical commentaries tedious and boring—but there's nothing dry or abstract about James For You. Whether you're planning to preach or teach James or to listen to these ancient words to redirect your own life, Sam Allberry is a wise and faithful guide.

Independent reviews

Precious additions to any Christian's library

Gary McMurray, July 6th 2016

Sam's writing is clear, and easily accessible, with plenty of illustrations to explain the Bible text. … I had always previously imagined that James' letter was a kind of scattergun of wise words, almost like Proverbs in its randomness. Sam works hard to try to discern the structure of the letter. I found this really helpful … The structure seems to make a lot more sense, having read the book.... continue reading

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“Helpful and Stimulating”

This is an excellent exposition of James’ Letter. I found it enriched my reading of it, helping me to understand its teaching more fully. Sam Allberry highlights the main themes of the letter, and tackles the difficult passages with both sensitivity and clarity. The whole book is salted with illustrations that shed light on the meaning and application of James’ teaching. The questions at the end of each chapter encourage the reader to apply the lessons learned to our own lives. This is a great addition to the series, fulfilling the aim of helping people to read it both to feed and nourish their own faith and lead others to a better grasp of James’ writing.

I would have appreciated an “epilogue”, looking back over the journey travelled – though the book’s final question does point us in that direction. The glossary is a useful addition; but I did note the omission of the word “seminal” from it even though the text implies it should be there. (This is a minor quibble!)

I would recommend this book to anybody wanting to grow in their own faith, or help others develop theirs.


“Clear. Well-written. Balanced.”

(Review written for 'James For You (ebook)')

Sam Alberry's writing is very clear, straightforward and balanced on this commentary. Well, it's the book of James, but reading his commentary compared to others have both theological and practical depth. It's not too much technical and not too much practical. He has very good, deep, and strong insights on the book of James with very Christ exalting convictions. It was carefully and well-written. It really is straight to the point with pastoral care and is very conversational. I deeply recommend this book for starters, pastors, and those who are in the academe. I love this book.


“Challenging and Readable”

(Review written for 'James For You (ebook)')

James is a challenging book on many levels. Sam does a great job of taking it to a deep level, in a very readable way. We've used for our youth group (13-17) and also our community group (older generations mainly!). Would recommend.


“A helpful book to accompany your studies”

I used this as a companion when reading James and preparing notes for children's work to go alongside the sermon series we were doing. I found it easy to use and simply put, meaning that I could adapt what I was reading and learning myself for the children.
I would recommend this as a book to read alongside James and have extended times of study. It has depth without being overly academic and impenetrable.


“Another book in a great series that, so far, hasn’t failed to be both helpful academically and personally challenging”

I was intending this to be a book that helped me read the Bible regularly rather than act as a commentary when preparing a talk and I think it did the former really well. The book is helpfully divided into sections which are manageable for a daily reading, and the verses in James referred to are included in the text. This makes it ideal for studying James if you don’t have a Bible handy although cross-references are listed but not included in the writing.

The book gives a helpful and detailed overview of the book of James whilst helping you dig deeper in to different verses in the book. It would be useful if you’re preparing a small-group bible study to help you gain a thorough understanding of passages you are trying to teach others get to grips with. It’s also really helpful for personal study to help you develop your own understanding. Another book in a great series that, so far, hasn’t failed to be both helpful academically and personally challenging.


“This is a great entry-level commentary that does what it says on the ...”

This is a great entry-level commentary that does what it says on the tin—introduces the epistle of James at a level that engages everyone. Sam Allberry is a good writer and this shows in prose that is clear and well organized. He is quick with an illustration and manages to explain more complex passages from James in a straight-forward way.

Growing Christians will appreciate this volume for its clarity. Allberry doesn’t try to obfuscate or mystify with theological jargon, but rather he explains, illustrates, and applies the text at every point so that his reader understands James’ letter. The publisher has made the book even more accessible by attractively laying out the text. There are also helpful extras like: questions for reflection at the end of each chapter, and a glossary defining key terms and technical words.

This commentary also does a great job of negotiating James’ more tricky texts (ie James 2 on faith & works and James 5 on healings) and manages to present sensible explanations for these parts of the letter. Specifically, in thinking about how to understand James 5, Allberry helpfully summarizes the various interpretive options and then presents a very convincing case that does not undermine the prospect of the miraculous, but at the same time never strays down the errors of ‘health and wealth’ heretics.

Small group leaders and preachers will also benefit from this book because it provides well thought-out exposition and points of application. And while intentionally not an academic volume, James for You is thorough enough that it will give a budding scholar a good starting place or a quick and reliable go-to reference to James’ epistle.

I would recommend this commentary because it is faithful in explaining the text of the Bible, it is written from an evangelical perspective, and because it is particularly good at applying the lessons from James to everyday life. I was given this book free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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