11 February, 2017

No One Expected Barley To Have An Encounter With The Messiah

I received a copy of this book free to review. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

*About the Book*

He was homeless, hungry, and struggling to survive in first century Jerusalem. Most surprisingly, he was a dog. But through Barley's eyes, the story of a teacher from Galilee comes alive in a way we've never experienced before.

Barley's story begins in the home of a compassionate woodcarver and his wife who find Barley as an abandoned, nearly-drowned pup. Tales of a special teacher from Galilee are reaching their tiny village, but when life suddenly changes again for Barley, he carries the lessons of forgiveness and love out of the woodcarver's home and through the dangerous roads of Roman-occupied Judea.

On the outskirts of Jerusalem, Barley meets a homeless man and petty criminal named Samid. Together, Barley and his unlikely new master experience fresh struggles and new revelations. Soon Barley is swept up into the current of history, culminating in an unforgettable encounter with the truest master of all as he bears witness to the greatest story ever told.

*My Review*

"The Dog Who Was There" by Ron Marasco tells the story of Jesus' crucifixion but from the viewpoint of a dog. There's not a whole lot of details as most of the story takes place before Barley, the dog, encounters Jesus. Barley witnesses Jesus' walk with his cross to Golgotha and the crucifixion.

Barley has an interesting point of view and is a good storyteller. If you can't handle the descriptions of violence towards animals might want to steer clear of this book, since Barley doesn't have the best or easiest life. 

"The Dog Who Was There" is an easy & quick read. This is a unique take on a timeless story. I wouldn't suggest younger children read it, but it would be good for teens - adults!

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*About the Author*

Ron Marasco is a professor in the College of Communication and Fine Arts at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. His first book, "Notes to an Actor," was named by the American Library Association an Outstanding Book of 2008. His second book, "About Grief," has been translated into multiple languages, and he is currently completing a book on Shakespeare's sonnets. He has acted extensively on TV-from "Lost" to "West Wing" to "Entourage" to originating the role of Mr. Casper on "Freaks and Geeks"-and appeared opposite screen legend Kirk Douglas in the movie "Illusion," for which he also wrote the screenplay. Most recently, he has played the recurring role of Judge Grove on "Major Crimes." He has a BA from Fordham at Lincoln Center and an MA and Ph. D. from UCLA.

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