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February 6, 2017

BLOG TOUR: The Dog Who Was There

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Ron Marasco

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 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.

Paperback, 336 pages
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Thomas Nelson
ISBN 071808392X (ISBN13: 9780718083922)


Ron MarascoRon 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.

A different look on the well known story of the crucifixion of Jesus.  Telling the story is a dog named Barley, just struggling to survive being hungry and without a home.  Barley lives around Jerusalem. He lives with a woodcarver and his wife who found Barley wandering the streets and took him in.  Barley ends up going his own way even though there are many people who love him.  But when a terrible thing happens, he decides to go it alone.  On his travels, Barley meets up with a thief and the thief's friends, Samid.  They are just trying to make it, to survive, just like Barley. So the group joins together to face what the world gives them.  They are also trying hard to understand the teacher that is from Galilee.  Meeting the Messiah certainly wasn't what anyone thought would happen. This book puts the well known story in an easy and interesting way to understand, even for children. You not only get a story of love, forgiveness but you see the greatest story ever told in a different way.    You get a different outlook on what happens during the journey to Golgotha and what happens along the way. Your heart will at times be very sad and there may be a tear trickle down your cheek.
This isn't just a book for people who are religious, it's for anyone who likes a different look at well known stories.It's for  people who like stories of forgiveness and love, of struggling to survive and yet facing it with courage and strength, just as the Messiah did.

I received this book from Litfuse Publicity Group and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book  4 STARS. 


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