The Dog Who Was There (Thomas Nelson, January 2017)
No one expected Barley to have an encounter with the Messiah.
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.
The Dog Who Was There is an interesting story like I've never read before. It gives the account of a dog named Barley who was trying to live during the time of Jesus. He is mistreated, homeless, finds himself an owner and even a home, but then loses his owner. He eventually travels where he finds himself into danger, which ultimately leaves the reader to a journey where we see the greatest love story ever told to those who believe. By picking up this book, you walk away with a radically and completely different view point of the time when Jesus was around with His disciples. Make no qualms about it, this book isn't easy to read and at times has violence, which is exactly what one would expect, except this dog has been through a lot, like Jesus. Overall, I thought this book gave a new perspective of the time period of Christ and had a wonderful ending to the story. I think their are moments of violence, which could turn readers away. I give this book 3/5 stars and was not required to give a favorable review.
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.