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The Dog Who Was There, by Ron Marasco
During first century Jerusalem, Barley is a dog who lives in the home of a compassionate woodcarver and his wife, who rescued him when he was abandoned as a puppy. Through his eyes, the story of Jesus comes alive as never before.
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)|
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 Barleys eyes, the story of a teacher from Galilee comes alive in a way weve never experienced before.
Barleys 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 woodcarvers 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.
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 Shakespeares sonnets. He has acted extensively on TVfrom Lost to West Wing to Entourage to originating the role of Mr. Casper on Freaks and Geeksand 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.
Through the touching tale of a stray dog who witnesses the ministry of Jesus, Marascos (Notes to an Actor; About Grief ) first novel offers an unusual perspective on Christianitys beginnings.
Barley, the main character of this novel, is a sweet and loyal companion who readers will love it is a good story with a twist at the end that readers may not see coming. It is worth the read for anyone looking for a new take on the common life during the time of Christ.
'. . . this novel delivers a completely original impression and narration of the most familiar and greatest of all stories. From the pups perspective one learns a new understanding of terms like friendship and joy, but also of terror, ugliness, and betrayal. Though the book is imbued with a subtle and appealing spirituality, it doesnt overwhelm. . . Children will love and be inspired by Barleys story, as will their parents and grandparents regardless of religion, or no religion. Readers will smile, occasionally laugh, and surely cry, but come away uplifted by this immensely moving little book. Highly recommended.