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24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Sleeth , Eugene H. Peterson
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)

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“Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.”
Sounds nice, but how do we find rest in a 24/7 world? Just as the Hebrews were slaves in Egypt, we have become slaves to technology. Our technological tools allow 24-hour productivity and connectivity, give us more control, and subtlety enslave us to busyness itself. Sabbath is about restraint, about intentionally not doing everything all the time just because we can. Setting aside a day of rest helps us reconnect with our Creator and find the peace of God that passes all understanding. The Sabbath is about letting go of the controls one day a week and letting God be God. So how do we do it?

In 24/6, Dr. Matthew Sleeth describes our symptoms, clarifies the signs, diagnoses the illness, and lays out a simple plan for living a healthier, more God-centered life in a digitally-dazed, always-on world. Sleeth shares how his own family was dramatically transformed when it adopted Sabbath practices and helps readers better understand how their own lives can be transformed – physically, emotionally, relationally and spiritually – by adopting the 24/6 lifestyle.


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“Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.”
It’s the only commandment that begins with the word remember—almost as if God knew we would forget.

Well, guess what?

We did.

And is it any wonder? Look around. Thanks to ever-improving technology, we now feel the pressure to be “on” twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Sure, things like smart phones, the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, and Skype help us stay connected with coworkers, family, and friends—but what about God?

How can we possibly have “ears to hear” when we are plugged in 24/7? If we never take time to “be still and know” God, how can we grow into mature spiritual beings?

The solution is simple. And it is endorsed by the Great Physician himself. In fact, he invented it. It’s called rest. And like all good things, rest is a gift from God.

Rest doesn’t just happen. It takes intentionality, commitment, and restraint. Yet the rewards are indescribably amazing.

In 24/6, Dr. Matthew Sleeth provides a life-giving prescription for a healthier, more God-centered life amidst a digitally crazed, always-on world and helps us better understand how our lives can be radically transformed—physically, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually—by adopting a 24/6 lifestyle.

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  • File Size: 839 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (October 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007V698UE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,735 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
By Kim C.
Format:Paperback
When the book 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life" arrived in the mail, it was like receiving an answer to prayer. My life had been getting away from me lately. My joy meter was running on empty. At the end of a busy day that didn't even include a bathroom break, I finally sat down, cracked the spine open and began to read. From the first line of the poem which introduces the table of contents, through the Forward, and wrapping up with Sabbath Blessings...I was hooked. I didn't even hear my husband drag himself in the front door from another long day at work. To say I consumed this book isn't entirely correct, more like it consumed me. Matthew could have been sitting across the patio table from me having a relaxed conversation over a glass of iced tea. We were equally guilty of letting busyness control our every waking minute. But Matthew had found the way out. Using words communicated succinctly yet lovingly, with just the right touch of humor, Matthew conveyed a simple truth, "God doesn't NEED to rest after creating the universe because he's tired. He rests because he is holy. Everything God does is holy. God rests. God is holy. Therefore, rest is holy." That was my "Aha!" moment. Rest is holy, healing, and humane. Why was I so afraid of embracing a whole day of true rest? When I realized that fear doesn't come from God, I knew it was time to put those fears to rest. Thank you, Matthew for writing a book that reminded me that I'm not stealing time when I keep a holy Sabbath, I'm creating it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Biblical Perspective on Sabbath Keeping November 3, 2012
By D. Roe
Format:Paperback
What would it be like if we all took a day off each week to enjoy quiet time, relaxing, fellowship, and time with the Lord?

I know, sounds insane and impossible, right? After all, Mom and Dad both have full time jobs, and when they aren't at work, they have to be sure that the kids get off to school on time, that there is food in the fridge when they get home, that Timmy gets to soccer practice, that Emily doesn't miss ballet, that the house gets cleaned, and more. Often, if you're a Christian family, there's even more to do! You also have to be sure that the family isn't late for church, that kids get to the proper Sunday school classes, that Mom gets the event for Women's Ministry planned, that Dad's at Deacons' meeting, and that everyone remembers to read their Bible and pray each day.

All of this is on our plates, and you want us to drop everything and take a day - just - OFF?

Yep, that's the general idea. Silly, isn't it? Yet that is a very major part of the theme in Dr. Matthew Sleeth's newest book, 24/6 (interestingly enough, when I just typed the book title, spell check underlined the number 6 with it's angry red perforations. Even computers seem to know these days that we are supposed to be going 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with no room for rest in between!)

All in all, I loved this book. I first became acquainted with Dr. Sleeth a couple years ago when I became convicted that I, as a Christian, should learn to appreciate and care for God's creation. As I stumbled across liberal blog after liberal blog about being a good treehugger, I started to become discouraged. Are there no Christians out there who appreciate the creation God has given us? I thought.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Human Beings October 17, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Wow! This was a reminder that I need in my life. Dr. Sleeth says, "Sabbath is a time of transition from human doings to human beings." I get so caught up in the doings of life that I forget to stop and simply be! This is a book that every Christian should read and take to heart. We are missing the very thing God gave us as a gift to help us maximize our life, the thing God himself participated in after the creative process - rest. We need to stop and rest and simply be. I highly recommend.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking practical advice March 2, 2013
By Karen
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I started this book with high hopes. I whole-heartedly agree with the premise. I am trying hard to make time for rest and for God in my busy life. I often say to myself and to friends, "Even God only worked six days a week!" So when my husband mentioned hearing about this book on the radio, I started reading it the same day. And I found more reasons that a weekly stop day is invaluable.
But I was disappointed. After noting that Sabbath-keeping is counter-cultural to today's American way of life, the book didn't offer enough practical advice on doing so. I felt the advice overly simplistic, akin to, "Drugs are bad. Just say no!" But no real "how". I know from the professions of the author and his family that they have had to face real challenges in their Sabbath practice, but those seem glossed over. Also, no mention of trying and failing and forgiving and trying again.
Finally, I found some of the guidance that was given contradictory or judgemental in tone. Stay within a 12 minute walk from your home, but it's okay to drive for a hike? Swear off the Internet, so it's good to have folks over for dinner but wrong for me to skype with my sister in another state? Or take pictures on my hike and share with my friends on facebook?
In the end, there is a message about not trying to impress God with your Sabbath practice, but following God's wisdom in telling us to stop and be and know and enjoy and share God and all He has created. Now that, I can embrace and try to live!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun, practical, and theologically rich book celebrating the fourth...
I met Dr Sleeth at a day apart and found he and his wife to be well rounded and blessed people. It comes from their own experience with the fourth commandment.
Published 2 days ago by Mattheue B Locklear
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I am pleased with this book.
Published 14 days ago by Clyde Hollinger
5.0 out of 5 stars perfection
Practical, convicting, and easily applicable to every day life. This book makes me want to make changes immediately. Thank you!
Published 21 days ago by Mary Sievers
4.0 out of 5 stars You Need a Day of Rest--Weekly!
In a society where 24/7 activity is facilitated by technology and encouraged through marketing, Matthew Sleeth makes the case for a weekly day of rest. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Kschimmelwriter
5.0 out of 5 stars We like to say that we work hard and we play ...
“There is something comforting about being overworked. If work is the meaning of our lives, then more work equals more meaning. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michelle Van Loon
4.0 out of 5 stars A very helpful reminder that the Sabbath is a day ...
A very helpful reminder that the Sabbath is a day of rest and refreshment of our body and spirit.
Published 1 month ago by Tim Ridolfi
5.0 out of 5 stars Shabbat Shalom
A refreshing reminder that God lovingly gives us the gift of the Sabbath. It is not legalistic or weird, but an awakening to God's glorious gift of rest & remembrance.
Published 1 month ago by Sarah Redman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. Our society has lost our focus. It is time we remember what is important.
Published 1 month ago by Barbara Dyson
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but could be better.
I had high hopes for this book but was disappointed. While I liked the illustrations, I think that more could have been done with this topic. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Susan Rosenbaum
3.0 out of 5 stars Redundant
Sleeth offers timely and much needed insight into Sabbath keeping, but the book could have easily been half its length. It was very redundant.
Published 2 months ago by ReadRunPray
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More About the Author

Matthew Sleeth, MD, a former emergency room physician and chief of the hospital medical staff, resigned from his position to teach, preach, and write about the biblical call to be good stewards of God's creation. A highly sought after speaker, Dr. Sleeth has spoken at more than 1,000 churches, campuses, and events. He is the executive director of Blessed Earth and the author of several books and church curricula. Dr. Sleeth lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with his wife Nancy. They have two grown children, Clark, a physician preparing for a calling in medical missions, and Emma, an Asbury graduate and author.


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