Review: The Dog Who Was There by Ron Marasco

Friday, May 19, 2017

Title:  The Dog Who Was There 

Series: Stand-Alone

Author: Ron Marasco

Genre: Christian Fiction

Publication Date: January 31st 2017 by Thomas Nelson

Format: Paperback

Source:  I received this book from the  BookLook Bloggers Program in exchange for an honest review.  


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.


*** I received this book by the BookLook Bloggers Program, thank you so much Thomas Nelson
publishing for giving me the opportunity to read and review The Dog Who Was There! ***

Wow just wow now I will you all the truth I never read a book that had pov of an animal, I have seen some books with animals pov's but I never read them. But I have been intrigued too check them out because I am absolute animal lover and I wanted too see if I will love and enjoy a book with that aspect of it. Now I will tell you that I absolutely love and enjoyed this book so much that it had me in tears while reading it especially the ending of this amazing book. And I tell you a book really has to get too me really hard emotionally too make me cry like I did reading this whole book. This book touch me emotional, mentally and physically that after I finish reading The Dog Who Was There I gave my pup lots of hugs and kisses. That I just can't imagine a dog that went through a tragic and hopeful adventure like Barley made in The Dog Who Was There. I don't want too go into to many details about this amazing book because spoiler. But I will tell you that I went into this book blind all I know was this book was about a dog name Barley that was there at the time Jesus Christ was there. This book is also perfect during Easter because it was during the passion of Christ. Barley goes through a lot in this book both tragic and happiness and he also see's and sense how cruel the people in this world can be but he also see's the good in people as well. Barley goes through an adventure trying too find somebody who could truly love and take care of him. Now Barley has found some amazing people along the way but unfortunately tragedy rips these good people away from him. And Barley thinks there is no good people in this world until Barley see's the kind men (Jesus Christ) and everything that happen too him on Good Friday. That's what change Barley completely you see Barley learn the lesson from the Kind Men (Jesus Christ) and his love ones that were rip away from him to look for the good, and forgive. That was the lesson learned at the end of the book that had me in tears. And also at the ending had me in a blobby mess of tears where a beautiful characters we get introduce teaches a new lesson to Barley that we must love and care for those who needs us the most. Now I won't tell you who that beautiful character is because spoiler But I will tell you that Barley does have get his happy ending and he finds his true master. All and all I absolutely love and enjoy this book so much that I will most definitely will check out more books that have animal pov's in the near future this won't and most certainly won't be my last book too read with an animal pov!

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." For the past five years he has taught a very popular course on the subject of grief using film, theatre, literature and oral history as a way to study this often intimidating subject. He has acted extensively on TV―in everything from Lost to West Wing to Entourage -and appeared opposite screen legend Kirk Douglas in the movie Illusion, for which he also wrote the screenplay. He has a BA from Fordham at Lincoln Center and an MA and Ph. D. from UCLA. Brian Shuff is a writer from Mesa, Arizona, who now lives in Los Angeles where he is at work completing a book of short stories. His mother died when he was eight years old, giving him a life-long interest in the subject of grief. Along with Ron Marasco he has written a screenplay based on Louise Hay's groundbreaking book, You Can Heal Your Life that will premiere in 2011. He and Marasco are also working on a dramatic adaptation of John McNulty's book This Place on Third Avenue.

1 comment:

  1. Is this book appropriate for children? If so, what age?