See the story of a teacher from Galilee through a homeless, hungry, and struggling-to-survive dog’s eyes in Ron Marasco’s new book, The Dog Who Was There. 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 (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.
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.
MY REVIEW OF THIS READ: WOW! What a thought provoking and really great read. This is a really great read especially at the Lent Season.
This is a great story for the tween/teen that is looking for a great new read by a new author and with a powerful message. It follows the story of Jesus through the eyes of a dog named Barley from being thrown away to finding a home and only finding himself homeless again.
Barley finds a home among the people who are the lowest of the citizens in Jerusalem. How far would you go to just survive in a city where there are no programs, no soup kitchens and nothing for a people who are the lowest of the low of society. People who are virtually hopeless. Ron has done an excellent job in this Biblical Historical Fiction in showing who and why Jesus came for in this world.
So come follow Barley on his journey through the streets of Jerusalem to the path that leads to Golgotha and to the burial site of Jesus.