Thursday, February 2, 2017
Litfuse Review: The Dog Who Was There by:Ron Marasco
About the Book:
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.
A piece of Biblical fiction worth looking into. This story follows Barley a rescue dog that lived during Jesus' time in a town that rejected our Savior, as well. As we follow Barley through the everyday happenings of his life, we quickly learn the plot of the story and how it applies to our christian walk. Barley has to learn forgiveness just like the rest of us would.
He is a homeless dog that is taken in by people that seem kind enough. He soon finds out what all the fuss is about when faced with the Messiah--such a kind man that is accused of something that isn't that hard to accept. He becomes a witness to what is done to the Savior of the world.
A story that appears out of nowhere that seems to be fashioned for children, but is anything but that. Barley is an onlooker on something bigger than himself. A great story about our Savior seen through the eyes of a dog.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.