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Just Walk Across the Room: Simple Steps Pointing People to Faith

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,155 Ratings  ·  99 Reviews
Believers universally affirm that evangelism is a vital part of what God calls them to do, but very few make a practice of doing it. They feel awkward and ill-equipped, either because they've never been trained, or because their lack of interaction with non- Christians prevents them from using and developing the skills they do have. Bill Hybels addresses these concerns and ...more
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Published September 9th 2008 by Zondervan (first published June 29th 2006)
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Amanda
Dec 29, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bill Hybels has a realistic approach to expanding the idea of Christianity. It's not about walking door to door or stopping people on the side of the street to preach to them. It's truly just about investing in people. Not too long ago my brother made a comment along the lines of he doesn't do good things for people because he's being watched by God but because he is invested in humans. How true! It's in our nature, or should be, to love one another. Not to judge or to force someone to believe i ...more
Becki
Feb 11, 2015 Becki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Summary from B&N: What if you knew that by simply crossing the room and saying hello to someone, you could change that person's forever? Just a few steps to make an eternal difference. It has nothing to do with methods and everything to do with taking a genuine interest in another human being. All you need is a heart that's in tune with the Holy Spirit and a willingness to venture out of your 'Circle of Comfort' and into another person's life. Just Walk Across the Room brings personal evange ...more
Chuck Engelhardt
Sep 30, 2009 Chuck Engelhardt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bill Hybels has a different take on what living the Christian life means than what many of us have been taught. He warns us about living the exclusively Christian life and encourages engaging in the world enough to be able to relate Christ's love to those who truly need him.
Deb
Mar 04, 2011 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hybels shares his method of evangelism--which isn't really a method but an exhortation to build personal relationships with people. Just walk across the room--as the title says--and don't be afraid to talk to people. Find connections and use them--shared hobbies, interests, backgrounds. Don't isolate yourself in a Christian bubble, seek to have acquaintances that are non-Christians. Talk to your hairdresser, waitress, and other service people. Pray every day that God will open doors for you and ...more
Lori
Jul 17, 2008 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've heard that the most terrifying word in the english language to Christians and Non-Christians alike is evangelism. This book takes the tension right out of it. In his natural, winsome way, best selling author and pastor Bill Hybels gives very practical instruction on how sharing your own faith story naturally through the relationships already established in your life can be liberating to all involved. Bill Hybels simply loves people and shows the reader how to deepen their love and genuine c ...more
Erma
Nov 01, 2015 Erma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I am not a fan of the "decision" theology that is taught and believed by Bill Hybels, this is still an excellent book for those looking for an entry into conversations about faith with those on the outside of our congregations, or even on the outside of any religious affiliation or belief. This book was recommended to me by another pastor who I respect, and I am glad I finally read it. I was pleasantly surprised by Hybels approach to these conversations. This is no school of high-pressure, ...more
Luke Brown
Very easy book to read; conversational, warm, encouraging in style. Evangelism isn't rocket science, but we like to make it rocket science. I liked the section on faith stories and he also had some helpful tips and suggestions. And it was helpful to have him point out that our role may be just to help someone a little, not get them all the way to being an elder in the church. This book should make evangelism less scary for most people.
Sarah Honkanen
Jul 11, 2009 Sarah Honkanen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is book on how to love. how to encourage. with out being preachy in any way. Step by step on how to speak about your love for Jesus and His love for you, but in a way that is from your heart and not from a manual. More on just being available and how to share your story quickly, to help put people at ease.
Becky
May 10, 2015 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really not into self help books, but I made a new years resolution this year to read one non-fiction book each month. I also have to say that I don't feel very confident in sharing my faith with non-believers, although as a Christian I know I'm called to do so. Therefore, when I first saw this book, it intrigued me, and reading it, I was challenged and encouraged. It gives practical, no nonsense steps to sharing your faith with others. The author also gives examples via his own life experien ...more
Rachel B
I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book - primarily, I think, because Hybels seems to have mixed messages in it.

The chapter about discovering others' stories was my favorite; it had some good nuggets. Hybels emphasizes in some chapters that God created us the way He did for a purpose, and encourages us to "stay true to ourselves" when we are interacting with non-believers. We're not supposed to take on the persona of a forceful evangelist/super missionary and toss aside the gifts that Go
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Leepq
Dec 12, 2014 Leepq rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the candid flow of thoughts of Bill Hybels through this book! Hybels provides very practical skills on what it means/takes to be a "walk across the room" person!

One of my fav parts is this from him -

Why is it so easy to forget that wrapping caring arms around another person gives back far more that it takes? There is unparalleled joy in knowing that God is using you to shape and mould another person’s life.

My life is in your hands, God. Use me to point someone toward you today
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Caleb Gibson
Jan 29, 2013 Caleb Gibson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just walk across that room. Amen! I really enjoyed the stories and the simple way Bill explained evangelism. Keep it simple! And I liked that the focus of the book was to be spirit-led. Sometimes you plant a seed into someone, and other times God doesn't lead you to say anything really to change their beliefs.

Side note: Bill wrote once, "Suppose you're at a cocktail party and see someone standing by themselves" (Hybels 95). Why should someone be at a cocktail party? Haha, I mean that was random!
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Jonathan
Jan 24, 2011 Jonathan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I recently finished reading Just Walk Across the Room by Bill Hybels.

From the book's description:

What if you knew that by simply crossing the room and saying hello to someone, you could change that person's forever? Just a few steps to make an eternal difference. It has nothing to do with methods and everything to do with taking a genuine interest in another human being. All you need is a heart that's in tune with the Holy Spirit and a willingness to venture out of your 'Circle of Comfort' and i
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Susanna
Jun 25, 2008 Susanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an encouraging book about listening to the Holy Spirit and following His promptings in evangelism! I’m trying to apply the principle of praying every day that I would be available to be a resource provider to those around me – looking for opportunities to see how God might want to use me in the lives of lost people around me. And then just walking. This book helped me to think differently about opportunities to show Christ’s love. I usually figure if I’m not going to see a person again, I s ...more
Anni
Nov 12, 2014 Anni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing, eye-opening book about evangelism. Teaching you in detail how to do it, what you need to do it, and why we are called to do it. So touching and inspirationl and even life changing. He explains based on the scripture and with a lot of personl ainsight and experiences everything you need to know about evangelism. A must read for every christian.
Seth Pierce
Jul 11, 2014 Seth Pierce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this is a simple book on the subject of personal witnessing, it is full of good principles, stories, and articulating things we all feel but maybe haven't been able to express. It is very respectful of other faiths, doesn't advocate pushiness, and also is genuinely concerned for people's overall health--not just spiritual health or evangelistic potential.

Great resource for people who feel intimidated by the term "evangelism" or have some baggage from spiritually abusive Christians.
Tom Bazan
Sep 29, 2010 Tom Bazan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It is a good book. Hybels is a good story teller, and that might be one of the best traits of the book. He has a story for everything, and he relates them well.

The content of the book is fantastic. It is much more practical--more hands-on--than many books. The challenge to write your story in 100 words or less so that you can quickly relate it to people when they ask is a task that I had never thought of. When I think about it, the best part of the book for me is the re-definition of what "evang
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Kelly Clark
Jan 18, 2014 Kelly Clark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found Hybels evangelism approach realistic, reasonable, attainable and challenging. Simply being willing to engage in conversation and allowing God to paint the canvas of opportunity that follows is as exciting as it is liberating. This book was a great reminder that our roles in God's redemptive story is to love people, engage them where they are and simply plant and/or water a seed of hope of the message of Christ then sit back and watch the divine artist apply the next stroke of His unfoldi ...more
Walt Walkowski
Jun 11, 2013 Walt Walkowski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was an excellent read. I'm not always a fan of Hybels as an author, but found this book so well put together that it's difficult to find much fault. Perhaps the best part of the book is his ongoing enthusiasm for reaching out to people who are far away from God. It's become habit for him--a good habit, that keeps him humble and reliant on God. One of the other things I really appreciated was his acknowledgement that we don't always have the privilege of seeing a person come to fai ...more
Stephanie
Jul 09, 2014 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best book I have ever read about evangelism.

So approachable, so non-judgmental, so empowering.

And written with lots of stories showered throughout!
Beth
Feb 20, 2009 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must-read for new and old Christians alike that always get nervous when the topic of evangelizing or proselytizing (sp?) comes up... Bill Hybels does an excellent job of talking in layman's terms about the importance of sharing your faith with other people, but doing it at the right time and without being overbearing and forcing your view on someone who isn't ready or willing to hear it. Discusses how sometimes NOT talking to someone about being "saved" is the better approach to take, and how ...more
Ayacalypso
Jul 29, 2014 Ayacalypso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this book and watched the accompanying videos with a Bible Study group.
Elyse
Nov 17, 2010 Elyse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who is confused/scared of evangelism
Shelves: christian
A fantastic book for anyone who might be confused about or scared of evangelism. There are no steps, guidelines, or formulas in this book. It's simply about listening to Him and being willing to take a step out of your comfort zone to approach and befriend someone.

This book helped me to realize that not everyone is meant to be an outgoing, fearless street preacher and that we shouldn't expect ourselves to be something that we aren't. We have all been given gifts and this book helps you to realiz
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Jean Marrapodi
Jun 13, 2012 Jean Marrapodi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this! LIstening to the Holy Spirit is key for sharing our faith with others. Hybels suggests that we need to listen more and be ready and available to share our faith in practical ways with others. I've always been open about my faith because it is central to who I am. Unfortunately, the church has made this task harder than it needs to be. Hybels offers practical, simple suggestions and shares stories of his own faith connections with others, as well as those in the Bible. I love his easy ...more
Christine
simple steps to pointing people towards faith
Clayton Tune
Heres the thing; this is the best evangelical book I've read so far. the best regarding it's approach. We do not live in a time of knockin on doors and revivals. Did those work? Yes. Do they still work? yes. Is there a more effective method? Yes. This book is so practical. the down side is the Hybels spends too many pages getting his point across. First 3 chapters are great, and then little bits here and there. Authors please realize a book doesnt have to be 200 pages. Doesnt even have to be 100 ...more
Sherri Smith
Mar 10, 2015 Sherri Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the simplistic steps outlined as well as the encouragement the book offered.
MIKE KEITH
Jan 31, 2015 MIKE KEITH rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Evangelistic Tool

I gave this book a 5-star rating because Bill makes it clear and simple. If we are prepared we can just walk across the room fully confident in our God given ability to tell others about this awesome God we serve.
Todd
Aug 02, 2009 Todd rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are several good methods/teachings provided but at the same time Hybels seems to make this "easy" to do. The discussions about how to actually walk across the room and talk to someone reinforced my current beliefs but he seems to have a lot more opportunities to make that happen.
But perhaps that is also the point, you need to take as many chances as you can to have those chance encounters. Would give it 3.5 stars if possible
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Bill Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., and chairman of the board for the Willow Creek Association. The bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Axiom, Holy Discontent, Just Walk Across the Room, The Volunteer Revolution, Courageous Leadership, and classics such as Too Busy Not to Pray and Becoming a Contagious Christ ...more
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