Just Walk Across the Room is a book worth reviewing, even if I did finish reading it over a month ago. I have been traveling so much the past few weeks that I haven’t written a blog about it yet, but that doesn’t mean this book hasn’t crossed my mind several times a week since I finished it. I would like to say its the best book I’ve ever read on evangelism, but I’m afraid if I do most Christians would never pick it up. How do I know? Because I find myself thinking this way too, and it makes me sad. What happens when we read a book on evangelism? We are convicted to share our faith. Therefore we often chose another Christian book that’s less likely to make us uncomfortable.
This is actually much more than a book on evangelism. This is a book about the essence of being a Christ follower. Its about connecting with people where they are. The Bible says we are to be prepared in season and out of season, that we should always be ready to give an answer for the hope that we have. But whether we are prepared or not, if we don’t connect with the person’s heart first they will probably sense our agenda to change them. I’m sure you’ve been down that road, as I have.
I Corinthians 13 says all the excellent prophesy in the world is useless without Love. And faith that can move mountains is useless without love. Love is essential. In order to love we have to care. We have to think deeply about what someone else might be experiencing. We have to be willing to listen, and listen well. So often we worry about not having the right answer, or remembering the right Scripture. I find that if you just ask good questions and listen, that person will lead you to what their heart needs to hear from the risen Savior. In my own heart I am so challenged by Hybels’ examples. I can also say that this book has helped me in my Biblical counseling practice in a very significant way.
Bill Hybels exposes lots of nonsense that occurs in evangelism, and lots of motives that are more about self than about the other person. But he doesn’t leave it there, he teaches his readers how to use their 45 second window with wisdom and grace, to know how to share their story honestly and openly, not in a stale way as if its from a can. This book is easy and fun to read, it moves along in an engaging way and is so full of real life examples. Highly recommend it for you.