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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (November 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414372280
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414372280
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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