The Dog Who Was There

February 7th, 2017. Filed under: Tuesday's Tempting Reads.

The Dog Who Was There

By Ron Marasco

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.


The beginning of Barley’s young life was filled with love and happiness. Unfortunately, that didn’t last long as hatred tried to kill him.

He was rescued by a woodcarver and his wife. Once again Barley was surrounded by love. But it didn’t last. It seems the only given in his life was change.

While Barley is on the move, he happens upon a homeless camp and a man who becomes his master. Their adventures bring them to the feet of the ultimate Master.

And Barley’s adventures continue as he comes across his new master.

I have to admit that I shed a few tears towards the end of this book. Thank you, Mr. Marasco, for giving us this very touching story.

***I received this book free of charge from Litfuse.***


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.

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