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 Contributor(s)||Ron Marasco
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.
|Publish Date||Jan 31, 2017|
- Review by Kristin
I was interested to see a dog's perspective of Jesus and first century Jerusalem. However, the book itself took a very long time to actually get to the action, and because of this, it was very hard to keep going in the beginning. This came a lot from backstory, flashbacks, etc.
Before starting this book, I was hoping to see a more up close storyline to Jesus, and the fact that it was so far away from ground zero was disappointing. On the other hand, it was refreshing to see how far outwards Jesus' influence went even during his life. And, of course, the end of the book was fantastic in how it brought the beginning of the book all the way to the end. A thread of a storyline I didn't realize was running through the book until I saw the end.
Overall, the author's writing is just okay for me, but the book is built on a great premise. (Posted on 2/24/2017)