There was a time when James, a brother of Jesus and the rest of the family thought that Jesus was mad (Mark 3:21). After Jesus’ death and resurrection, James the unbeliever had become one of his disciples. He soon became the leader of the Jerusalem church and wrote the new testatment book of James.
According to first-century Jewish historian Josephus, James died the death of a martyr by stoning. His conversion story wasn’t as well known as Paul’s. In the book of James, he emphasised on the practical expressions of faith. “Don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.” James 1:22