Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Dog Who Was There - #LitfuseReads Book Review

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Book Info:

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.

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.

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

My Review:

Stories or films featuring animals aren't normally my thing.  Not that I don't like animals, but I prefer other genres.  The Dog Who Was There is an exception to the rule.  The story is told from a canine's point-of-view but it's well written and brought out such strong emotions in me.

The Dog Who Was There has a dog named Barkley as its main character.  Barkley is an animal who holds high regards for human interaction and affection.  Throughout the story, the dog goes through three masters.  He learns a lot and sees much during the time with his owners.  Barkley personally knows suffering and heartache, even from the beginning of his own life.  And he ends up witnessing a lot of suffering and heartache from "The Kind Man", who ultimately is Jesus.  Throughout it all, Barkley ends up full circle back in the arms of his first master.  And, Barkley learns that all creatures should look for the good and forgive.

Readers are taken through how Barkley goes from one master to another.  They're also taken through the days leading up to and the actual day of Jesus' crucifixion.  Again, it's all told through the eyes of a dog.  But the story was written in a way that I was able to imagine and show emotion for what was happening.