Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Dog Who Was There by Ron Marasco #BookReview

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About "The Dog Who Was There":

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.

My thoughts:


I will read just about everything, well within reason that is. I love stories about people looking for love, mysteries and most science fiction. Most of my readers might not realize that my all time favorite stories are the ones that concern my favorite animal, a dog. Ever since I can remember, I have always had an animal by my side. I just seem to be able to relate more to an animal than to people. With people you feel as if you have to explain yourself, whereas, with a loving little bundle of fur you just don't feel as if you have to explain a thing. They just accept you and your feelings without question. This story captured my attention and my heart. Barley learns the meaning of love and survival at a very young age. It serves him well when he has to recall his survival instincts after his loving people don't make it home one evening so he searches for them and learns that life as he knows it has changed again. This is a very entertaining story of survival, friendship, and love during the crucifixion of Christ. Learn more here or purchase a copy on Amazon.


About Ron Marasco:

Ron 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. Find out more about Ron at http://www.thomasnelson.com/the-dog-who-was-there.


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