Human Being Human Doing

Non-Fiction - Anthology
76 Pages
Reviewed on 07/03/2023
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Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite

Human Being Human Doing by David C. Russell features six stories with biblical history as their base. They begin by telling readers about Mirium as a follower of Jesus, David’s faith, and his decisions after he was anointed by Samuel, Moses’ rescue in the reeds as orchestrated by his mother and sister and told by his mother. This is followed by Jesus’ teachings and crucifixion from Nicodemus’s perspective, modern discussions of Judaism, Catholicism, and Christianity at a modern-day symposium, and a particular case on Judgment Day. The main characters in Russell's stories each answer a question by using experiences and events from their lives, encouraging others to either follow their example or learn from their mistakes.

David C. Russell has written a collection that deserves serious thought. The works are entertaining, enlightening, and useful, and readers can easily identify with them. Using his knowledge of scripture, Russell provides a glimpse into the historical background of pivotal times and builds the reader’s understanding with detailed descriptions. Each character has a different voice, even though the accounts are told from a first-person point of view. The last two stories are set closer to modern times, and the author shows that humans will sin, even though they have strong beliefs, but it doesn’t make them bad people. Judging from the information in the author’s biography, it seems that Russell has imagined what it would be like to be judged after his death. This scenario is examined in the final story and it may make individuals consider their actions more closely. Human Being Human Doing would be at home on the shelves of public libraries or in the hands of readers who enjoy anthologies with a scriptural foundation.

Pikasho Deka

David C. Russell's Human Being Human Doing is an anthology with Christian themes. The book contains six stories featuring some well-known personalities from the Bible, with some elaboration by the author. The first story follows the life of Miriam of Migdal. Despite achieving business success throughout Galilee, Mary Magdalene suffered from insomnia and anxiety, further exacerbated by the oppressive Roman regime. Meeting Yeshua changed the course of her life. After years of loyal service to King Saul, David ascends to the throne of Israel but soon finds himself mired in family squabbles and sinful vices. Eventually, he devotes himself to God by serving the kingdom to attain peace. After praying to God to save her son from the tyrannical pharaoh's decree, a slave in Egypt achieves her desired outcome when the pharaoh's daughter makes her an enticing proposal.

Human Being Human Doing is an enthralling short story collection for Christians and non-Christians alike. David C. Russell manages to tell some riveting tales from biblical times that make you feel what it means to be human and work toward helping others while putting yourself in the service of God. These biblical anecdotes are narrated through the eyes of some of the most notable people in Christianity and Judaism, giving readers a fresh perspective on their motives and actions that led them to do what they did. Although I enjoyed all the tales, Sergi Olsen's hearing on the final court in history was my personal favorite. An educational and inspiring collection.

Doreen Chombu

Human Being Human Doing is a collection of stories by David C. Russell. The stories explore the Christian and Jewish faiths. They include the story of Miriam of Migdal, a woman who finds peace in Yeshua’s teachings and whose life is transformed after following him. The author also retells the story of King David, from his childhood to his reign, and of Moshe’s mother Yocheved. The book contains stories that address the topics of being born again and judgment day. Finally, the author adds a modern tale that follows the lives of a panel of religious and historical specialists conducting a seminar during Pentecost or Shavuot in Hebrew.

I loved reading Human Being Human Doing because it was creative and entertaining. The stories are relatable and contain life lessons anyone can apply to their current situation. They have themes of faith, love for God and fellow men, and righteousness. David C. Russell uses the original Hebrew names of the characters and emphasizes that we need to acknowledge the past to embrace the future. Christians today love to concentrate on the New Testament and not the Old Testament or the original scriptures, but in this book, the author balances them all and also includes some modern elements to the stories. The characters were memorable, and it was interesting to walk in their shoes and relive their lives. All the stories had a smooth flow and unexpected twists and turns, which made them enjoyable to read. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to read faith-building stories about the past, present, and future.