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“If you need a spirit-lift, a book of hope, a read that will urge you to believe that hope is worth the risk, you are holding the right book. Do yourself a favor - read and enjoy!” (Max Lucado, New York Times best-selling author of God Came Near and Before Amen)

Relive the story of Easter through the eyes of man’s most faithful friend...

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.

“An incredibly inspiring and beautiful tale of a blessed journey of lessons learned as told through the voice of one man’s (and humanity’s) best friend, a loving dog named Barley. Ron Marasco transports both heart and mind heralding understanding and acceptance while weaving rich religious history within the pages of this unique adventure.” (Kristen Chenoweth, Tony and Emmy award-winning actress)

“Some of the greatest life lessons about courage, loyalty, trust, and patience...I’ve learned from my dog. Read The Dog Who Was There and learn an amazing lesson about faith.” (Andy Andrews, New York Times best-selling author of The Noticer and The Traveler’s Gift)

The Dog Who Was There is a page-turning read that stops and opens the heart. Revealing profound truth with compelling grace, Ron Marasco offers a singular vision of the greatest story ever told.” (Beth Henley, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Crimes of the Heart and The Jacksonian)

The Dog Who Was There is a wonderful, engaging book that adds a completely new perspective to the Passion story. Ron Marasco has created a character in Barley who will entertain and inspire readers. The retelling of Christ’s ministry through the human characters connects the reader in a unique was to the Gospel message, but it is Barley who will charm people of all ages.” (Kevin Baxter, Ed. D., Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Archdiocese of Los Angeles)

©2017 Ron Marasco (P)2017 Thomas Nelson

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  • Jocelyn Chandler
  • 19-06-17

A story of love, forgiveness and hope beautifully told

I enjoyed every moment of this story. Beautifully narrated by the author with imagination so much that I could close my eyes and visualize every scene. Well done! Not forgetting at the same time to share the gospel message.

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  • Angela Hart
  • 22-11-17

Inspiring

Beautiful story. You will experience the meanness of humanity yet the depth of Christ's love and forgiveness . Narrator was expressive.

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  • llhinsley
  • 11-08-18

wonderful book...brought tears at times. <br /><br />

great animal story woven into Christian theme....highly recommend to anyone who loves dogs . very inspiring.

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  • Anonymous
  • 13-04-18

Wonderful story!

What did you love best about The Dog Who Was There?

I loved how all of the characters were interwoven. It seemed realistic and believable.

What about Ron Marasco’s performance did you like?

He brought feeling to each character in a way that made them relatable but not overly dramatic.

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  • Sandra
  • 20-02-18

If you have furry children, have Kleenex ready.

I expected, well hoped, for the provided ending but it was gut wrenching trip. The writer / narrator almost put it on the HD screen for me.
This is a parable for today.

PS: I think the narrator sounds like Peter Jurasik as Howie Sanders in the Longest Ride.

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  • Tina S.
  • 22-01-18

Wonderful

Of all the audio books I've listened to, this one had the most twists, turns, moments of true joy and sadness. The best part is that all the stories are not left open-ended for you to guess. Everything has a satisfactory, sometimes happy sometimes sad, ending to it. I truly enjoyed this book.

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  • Sherie Fahey
  • 18-01-18

goid book

i liked the book and how it tied events together. the ending was a pleasant surprise.

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  • MareFlare
  • 11-01-18

Sappy and childish

I hate to write poor reviews, but I have to be honest. I listened for a few chapters and had to quit. I felt like I was listening to a children's book. Told from a puppy's point of view just didn't work for me, as an adult. I think it would be best if it was marketed to a younger audience. Writing from an animal's POV is difficult, but from a puppy POV is even harder.It's like writing a coming-of-age book from the adult POV, but keeping it believable as a child. It's tricky, and I don't think Marasco quite pulled it off. At least, not in the beginning, which is where the hook is necessary. And the beginning dragged, so I lost interest. I'm surprised at and disappointed in Thomas Nelson, the biggest Christian book publisher out there.

Also, sometimes the author should just remain the author. While his narration wasn't bad, it wasn't great. A professional narrator might have been able to give it a better life.

I'm sure Ron Marasco is an excellent writer, but this book was a waste of my money.

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  • Zoe Sweger
  • 29-12-17

Wonderful!

This book is one of the best books I’ve ever encountered. No bad words. Great for any age. Good lessons. But, listen to this with plenty of Kleenex. Good ending. Great animal story.

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  • Debbie
  • 13-12-17

Poignant, Personal, Puppy Point of View

It is the time of Roman-occupied Judea. And times are perilous. From birth, Barley had to struggle to stay alive. Born in a field, nestled close with his puppy siblings, to his mother, feeding and gaining strength, he was discovered by a kind little boy, Micah. Micah's father was a hard task master, but still Micah managed to smuggle out some food scraps to Barley. Until one day, he was discovered . . . through many harrowing experiences, Barley survives, quickly learning to love a childless couple who take him in. Duv is a woodcarver, who makes beautiful carved birds to sell in the marketplace. Adah and Duv are starting to hear about The Teacher and his followers, and frequently speak of Him at home. At first glance, you might think this is a simplistic approach to the gospel story . . . it is . . . and it isn't . . . it is written beautiful, and yes, in a way that a child can understand. But the message of doing unto others, forgiving, and most of all Jesus' sacrifice for our sins is not watered down . . . His love for the least of these is front and center. His miraculous hand in the outcome of our lives . . . even the life of a dog . . . is wonderfully told . . .