Thursday, February 9, 2017

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
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.

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


I was drawn to this book because I found it fascinating to read about Jesus through the eyes of a dog. I instantly liked Barley and enjoyed his journey. The author really captured my attention from the beginning. Barley , along with his siblings and mother were having fun playing in the grass when someone decided to end their adventure. I felt myself holding my breath at the dramatic escape Barley made. The author really brings the story to realism with words that grasp your attention.

Barley is sweet, loveable and curious. He wanted to be accepted and loved and I thought that was a great addition to the story. We all go through life wanting to be loved and along the way we learn what unconditional love is through the teachings of Jesus. The book is well written and easy to follow. I loved the description of the time period and felt as if I were there walking along side Barley. I especially liked the many lessons Barley learned liked forgiveness, love, family and struggles throughout his journey.

Barley and people he meets along the way will encounter danger, compassion and a familiar story told in a way that leaves you weeping. I loved every moment of the story and found it hard to put down. It's a great book and relates to our own struggles with forgiveness . What would it be like to meet the Messiah?  I highly recommend this book to everyone.

I received a copy of this book from LitFuse Blogger Group. The review is my honest opinion.

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