Practicality. That’s what Christians have always loved about James. It’s a book about life in the real world, where the rich and poor struggle to get on, where there is as much suffering and sickness as joy, where Christians quarrel and fight and have a hard time controlling their tongues, and where we find ourselves compromised by becoming too friendly with the world. In a world like this, the key to survival and growth, says James, is to humbly receive the Word which God has planted in us. And to receive it humbly means following it.