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  • Hardcover: 219 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; First Edition edition (June 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310266696
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310266693
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Evangelism is as simple and as scary as walking across the room, according to Hybels, well known senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill. His heartfelt burden for sharing the Christian message is clear as he guides readers to a new understanding of why and how they can help others meet God. He offers solid advice on evangelism, yet does so without sounding like he's checking off items on a spiritual list. His form of evangelism is relational, what he calls "Living in 3D." Hybels enlarges on the three Ds—develop friendships, discover stories, discern next steps—in a clear, conversational way, all the while challenging Christians to move beyond their insulated "evangelism-void vacuum." He encourages Christians to explore "the power of story" and to learn how to tell their own spiritual narratives concisely and effectively. Readers will find inspiration and honesty in this book that mirrors Hybels's personal convictions and those of his church as well: "It really is true: the spread of the gospel... boils down to whether you and I will continue to seek creative ways to engage our friends, inviting them to explore the abundance of the Christ-following life...." (Aug.)
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Evangelism is as simple and as scary as walking across the room, according to Hybels, well known senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill. His heartfelt burden for sharing the Christian message is clear as he guides readers to a new understanding of why and how they can help others meet God. He offers solid advice on evangelism, yet does so without sounding like he's checking off items on a spiritual list. His form of evangelism is relational, what he calls 'Living in 3D.' Hybels enlarges on the three Ds---develop friendships, discover stories, discern next steps---in a clear, conversational way, all the while challenging Christians to move beyond their insulated 'evangelism-void vacuum.' He encourages Christians to explore 'the power of story' and to learn how to tell their own spiritual narratives concisely and effectively. Readers will find inspiration and honesty in this book that mirrors Hybels's personal convictions and those of his church as well: 'It really is true: the spread of the gospel... boils down to whether you and I will continue to seek creative ways to engage our friends, inviting them to explore the abundance of the Christ-following life....' (Aug.) -- Publisher’s Weekly

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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 Christian, Hybels is known worldwide as an expert in training Christian leaders to transform individuals and their communities through the local church. Hybels received a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies and an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Trinity College in Deerfield, Ill. He and his wife, Lynne, have two adult children and one grandson, Henry.

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Easy to read and encouraging book.
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I read ALOT of books and this one was VERY simple, biblical, and really the nuts & bolts of how to lead people to Christ WITHOUT going outside you're comfort zone.
T. Kingi
This book has encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and encouraged me to look for opportunities to share God's love and be used by him.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Stephans VINE VOICE on August 23, 2009
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Throughout his book, Just Walk Across the Room, Mega-church pastor Bill Hybels stays on his message that all Christians, labeled "Christ-followers" by Hybels, are "called, equipped, and expected to share the gospel." Sharing the gospel, according to Hybels, is as simple as walking across the room and is powerful enough to impact eternity for those living far away from God. Hybels shares this message throughout his book that targets all Christians in hopes of motivating readers to take in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. In keeping with his informal style, Hybels shares his convictions through bullet points, stories, anecdotes, paraphrased stories from Scripture and simple teachings. Underscoring all of his writing is his firm belief that all people need Jesus Christ for salvation, and God is counting on all Christians to cooperate with the Holy Spirit to bring others to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Hybels assures his readers that anyone can do the work of an evangelist for Jesus; while, he also reminds readers of the eternal consequences or benefits that are at stake in the transaction. Christians are never alone in the work of sharing the gospel. Hybels writes,

"One thing I've learned is that life's great moments evolve from simple acts of cooperation with God's mysterious promptings -- nudges that always lean toward finding what's been lost and freeing what's been enslaved. The adventure of collaborating with God involves bestowing the greatest gift a person can receive -- the gift of amazing grace -- on undeserving (and often unsuspecting) people like you and me."

Part of Hybels message is for people to become aware of the "nudges" from the Holy Spirit to share the gift of God with people.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Keith M. Abolnik on January 9, 2007
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Some of the things I appreciate about Bill Hybels are his ability to communicate, an infectious passion, a relational style, and to make a subject like this so relevant and practical. Ever since I became a follower of Christ (32 years ago) I have struggled to live and help others to embrace a healthy view/practice of communicating the liberating truth of the Gospel. For some reason it has long been an uncomfortable, and often awkward experience for both communicator and listener.

Since I have now worked in the public education system for about 10 years, I have increasingly improved in communicating with the unchurched. I had to find myself in a setting outside of the security of the walls of the church in order to see how much we have mis-understood, mis-communicated, and too often alienated the unchurched. What I have encountered and learned (I am still learning) through this experience is stated in these pages with genuine insight. This is one of the reasons I now highly recommend this book. The truth and simplicity of what is outlined here works. That doesn't mean we will see people beating down our doors, but, we will be so much better at planting, watering, and harvesting. We can improve in being God honoring and people honoring as we become more effective in really loving people as revealed by the lessons in this book.

What Pastor Hybels teaches in this book is so needed right now if we are to see the chasm being bridged. We can be bridge-builders into the lives of others with what the authors shares with us. The stories he shares about his conversations are so enlightening and helpful, you will find yourself learning about being a conduit of God's Grace instead of the usual judgement/condemnation type speech.

Thank you Mr.
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33 of 42 people found the following review helpful By J. Miller on August 6, 2007
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The most valuable part of this book is not that it teaches something new about evangelism, which essential it doesn't. In fact, it really dresses up some basic and obvious ideas about evangelism that have been stated elsewhere, but with the catchy new slogan, that one needs only "walk across the room" to affect someone else. What is most valuable is that it lets the church-world in on the heartbeat of Willow Creek, the uber-mega-church outside of Chicago. Hybels, their lead pastor, here spells out his passion for sharing his faith and calling others to faith, the one thing that defines Willow Creek.

The book is filled with stories of the experiences of Hybels in others in making that effort to talk to someone about the Christian faith. He recommends three important steps in doing so: developing friendships, discovering stories (meaning discover the other person's background), and discern next steps (such as offering resources for them to read or planning further times to meet them). He also recommends having a before-and-after story of your own coming to faith, and in fact had his congregation write out their own stories and email them in to the church for an editorial review. He discourages us from being "avoiders" who are not persistent with evangelism or "erupters" who impatiently over-share stories of faith to people who aren't interested. And he cautions that personal, mystical experience are not primary material for evangelism. As for theology to be shared in evangelism, he reproduced what is basically the Four Spiritual Laws tract.

All of this is very practical for someone learning the value of evangelism and the importance of sharing their faith. That's a necessary part of the life of faith. However, there is a dramatic and overlooked drawback to the book.
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