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

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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 yo ...more
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Published June 29th 2006 by Zondervan Publishing Company (first published January 1st 2006)
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Oct 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-collector
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
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Chuck Engelhardt
Aug 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
{4.5 stars- review coming soon}
Mar 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 22, 2011 rated it liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-christian
Great read - my first evangelism book.
Donna Brown
Feb 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
3.5* some good ideas to seek and save the lost.
Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Just Walk Across the Room is an amazing book, encouraging readers to step out of their comfort zones, start conversations, and see where God leads. Bill Hybels shared countless stories from his own life of how God has used simple steps of faith to lead people to Christ. The examples weren't written out of pride; Hybels acknowledges that out of a hundred conversations, very few of them actually leads to the person making a decision to follow Christ. He encourages us to keep pushing forward - lovi ...more
Paul Veldhouse
Dec 16, 2017 rated it liked it
While Hybels makes a lot of points about how “anyone” can evangelize, he sure spends a lot of the book telling stories about how a Pastor of a megachurch focused on evangelism does it. I’d love to hear more stories of “everyday evangelists”. Most of the points are told from his personal point of view.
I learned that relationship is important. I learned a bit more about how conversion is up to the person and God and I am not scoring conversion points for God. He scores them himself.
However, it w
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very easy reading, conversational tone, easy to understand. I enjoyed reading it. It's encouraging, motivating, and challenges you to get off your duff and share your faith without being preachy, judgmental, or guilt-trippy. I absolutely recommend this to anyone who wants to share their faith but is feeling nervous about doing so, is afraid of being rejected or people will roll their eyes, challenge them with questions they can't answer, or that they'll mess up sharing the Gospel. If you don't f ...more
Kent Kessler
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What if changing a person’s life has nothing to do with methods, but simple taking a genuine interest in them? You have to be willing to venture out of your comfort zone and listen to the Holy Spirit. In fact, walking, talking, and listening to the Holy Spirit are the skills necessary to live in what Hybels calls, “3D”--Develop friendships, Discover stories, and Discern the next steps. God may use you to walk across the room and be one conversation away from impacting a life for eternity. If you ...more
Shirley Conley
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best chapters of this book are 1-11 with special emphasis on chapters 6-8. Hybel explains that the great commission, is not just for Missionaries, Pastors or church leaders, it for every Christ follower. He encourages everyone to develop his/her own salvation story of the change Jesus has made in his/her life. He gives helpful examples.
Barry Shettel
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book guides the reader away from programs and prospects to personal relationships as the way to love and draw our friends, families, and divine appointments into eternal, life-changing relationships with God. Simply powerful and powerfully simple.
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Set it down for a while. Picked it back up recently and glad I did. Will be one to return to from time to time as a reminder. Especially enjoyed the last few chapters. Each of us only has so much time to act...
Anthony Risson
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Helpful and engaging book. Staying with the integrity of what Hybels offers, and changing the 'format' of walking across the room, talking with people and using my own 'language' of faith, this read offers great encouragement for all Christians of how to evangelise.
Sandy Carlson
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a simple and interesting and patient and nonjudgmental idea. We all could use more friends in this life.
Tim Cannon
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good read on practical ways and insightful tips on how to share your faith with others.
Aaron Wong
Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Hybels, B., & Wiersma, A. (2006). Just walk across the room: Participant's guide. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
Rachel B
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Caleb Gibson
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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!
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Simple but evangelism book for everyone

Some of my favorite thoughts were...

"What if redirecting a person's forever really is as simple as walking across a room?"

"True joy in the Christian adventure unfurls when you play the role that the Spirit asks you to play. Your job and mine is to say, 'God, I am open to whatever role you might want me to play.'"

"Simply put, if you are a Christ-follower, you are called, equipped, and expected to share the Gospel. No exceptions!"

"Our job is to
Jun 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Stephen Drew
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of Bill Hybles classic books, Just Walk Across the room is filled with very clear and practical teaching on evangelism. It is not a book of great theological depth and the majority of it is simply personal stories from Hybles interactions with non-believers. However, it is clear the Hybles has a passion for the lost and still clearly communicates the gospel throughout.

His point that he emphasizes the most is the need to listen to the Holy Spirits promoting. He is completely okay not sharing
Nov 29, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Walt Walkowski
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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