Just Walk Across the Room Copyright copy; 2006 by Bill Hybels This title is also available as a Zondervan audio product. Visit www.zondervan.com/audiopages for more information. Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Hybels, Bill. Just walk across the room : simple steps pointing people to faith / Bill Hybels. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN-13: 978-0-310-26669-3 ISBN-10: 0-310-26669-6 1. Witness bearing (Christianity). I. Title. BV4520.H93 2006 248'.5 - dc22 2005035554 All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: Today's New International Versionreg;. TNIVreg;. Copyright copy; 2001, 2004 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. For Scripture quotations from The Message: Copyright copy; by Eugene H. Peterson 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. The website addresses recommended throughout this book are offered as a resource to you. These websites are not intended in any way to be or imply an endorsement on the part of Zondervan, nor do we vouch for their content for the life of this book. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means - electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other - except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Interior design by Beth Shagene Printed in the United States of America 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 bull; 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Introduction Two summers ago I experienced a serendipitous collision of circumstances while on a boating trip off the Wisconsin coast of Lake Michigan. I was alone, my heart was in a posture of worship, and I had some time on my hands. I'd pulled into a tiny harbor, tied up the boat, and was tidying up the place before relaxing for the evening. After studying my boating charts to determine where I would sail the next day, I realized I was only ten miles from the campground where I'd invited Christ to come into my life as a teenager. I had visited that same harbor on several occasions throughout the years, but for some divine reason on that particular day, I was prompted to go stand on the hillside where I'd first met Christ. The more I thought about it, the more the idea gained steam; so I decided to hunt down transportation to get there. After finding a phone booth, I placed a call to the only cab company in town. Surely they would make the twenty-mile round-trip for me. The dispatcher on the other end of the phone wasn't about to budge. "Sir, it's too long of a drive out there," she regretted to tell me. "We just don't do that." I haggled with her and even threw more money into the equation, but as the minutes ticked by it became obvious to me that I wasn't getting any closer to my meaningful walk down memory lane. "Do you know anyone who would be willing to make the trip?" I pleaded. Then, with newfound optimism, she told me she did. She knew a guy who was down on his luck and would probably do anything for money. (Should have been my first clue.) If I were willing to take a cHybels, Bill is the author of 'Just Walk Across the Room Simple Steps Pointing People to Faith', published 2006 under ISBN 9780310266693 and ISBN 0310266696.