Book Baby (2021)
Reviewed by Lily Andrews for Reader Views (10/2023)
5*- A Wise and Refreshing Short Story
"Willy's Accident" by Hollis Frances is an inspirational and illuminating short story based on
actual events. Willy developed empathetic abilities at an early age due to the challenges he faced
as a child growing up in a dysfunctional family. At the age of twelve, a unique encounter with
one of the boys at school causes him to make a prayer to God with little knowledge that it would
be answered later in his adulthood and in a way he least expected. Years later, Willy survives a
stabbing assault, and a few months later accepts Jesus as his Savior. After the death of his
mother, Willy has an awakening that reminds him of the prayer he made as a child and the
special way God answered this prayer.
The book does not tarry in its progress and instead hurtles along at an even pace. The text ends
with contemplative questions that the author poses to the reader that are bound to evoke self
reflection and meditation. Also, lines from the song, "I Just Feel Like Something Good Is About
to Happen" by the Speers, are a reminder to Christians all over the world that the Lord is
watching over them and has great plans for them. For example,
I just feel like something good is about to happen.
I just feel like something good is on its way.
He has promised that he'd open all of heaven.
And brother, it could happen any day.
When God's people humble themselves and call on Jesus
In this excerpt, the author, through the singer's words, encourages Christians from all walks of
life to live a humble life and develop a prayer life steeped in faith that God will answer their
Tender and delicate, "Willy's Accident" accomplishes much within its few pages. What dazzles
the most is the book's elegant prose which makes this an easy read. Despite its brevity, this is a
text that carries along impressive takeaways that remain with you long after the reading is done.
Frances eloquently describes a journey many of us have embarked upon, grappling with the
tough question of what salvation entails and doubts about the meaning of faith. Then ultimately
finding it in the most improbable of places. Surprisingly relatable and full of heart, Hollis
Frances' book is indisputably a memorable text whose pulse will remain for ages.