Review of The Dog Who Was There
To know me is to know how very much I love dogs. My husband and I have a thirteen year old boxer-pitbull mix who is the center of our household, so whenever I discover a dog book to review, I’m usually trying to request it.
This book is a paperback divided into nineteen chapters and contains a discussion guide at the end. The story is about Barley the dog who lives in Jerusalem during the time of Jesus. It’s told through Barley’s eyes which is truly wonderful because Barley’s descriptions are extra vivid and rich. Barley’s story begins with him finding his way into the home of an older couple who are kind and gentle, and then when tragedy strikes, he is on the run looking for a new family. Barley encounters many different people along his journey, but none more important than the man he names “The Kind Man,” the one we know as Jesus.
“It was a small, almost imperceptible gesture that did the most to show Barley the depth of the Kind Man’s kindness. It was the way he touched the donkey. Every so often, the Kind Man would gently pat the beast’s sweaty haunches in a reassuring way.” pg. 134
My Final Thoughts
I wasn’t sure how I was going to react to a story about a dog during Jesus’ time, especially a story where the dog was the narrator, but I received a pleasant surprise with this one. The story was moving, interesting, and sweet. I found myself not wanting to put it down, and ended up reading it within two days. It was a great book and definitely worthy of reading.
“Barley could see the deep pain etched on the younger man’s face and understood that he felt lost without his maser but was trying to be brave. The young man’s strength was needed to bear most of the Kind Man’s weight, and then the old man joined him, gently hoisting the body into a carrying position.” pg 224
Book: The Dog Who Was There: A Novel
Author: Ron Marasco
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (Jan 2017)
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I was given a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I was not asked to give a favorable review; all opinions are my own.