Book Description: 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.
My Thoughts: First of all this story begins VERY slowly, I guess to build up to some sort of action. Secondly, and this may just be me, but I had a real problem with a dog telling/feeling a story about the love of our Savior.
As much as I like dogs I'm just not sure that a dog can understand how great the love and sacrifice of our Savior was for us, humans.
This was just not my kind.of story. Too many "issues" for me.
And I'm pretty liberal with my praise for books...authors take a lot of time and energy to tell great stories. Unfortunately, this just isn't one of them.
*This book was provided for review by The Fiction Guild/Thomas Nelson*