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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.