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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (October 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414372280
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414372280
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

“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.

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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The book was easy to read and enjoyable.
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Enjoy this book and the author's writing abilities with humor and good stories that relate to the point of each chapter.
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Excellent and timely reminder that we need to take a sabbath rest as God commands.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kim C. on October 28, 2012
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 By D. Roe on November 3, 2012
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 By Sean Johnson on June 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
The 24/7 schedules of the modern world and its global marketplace have become almost inescapable; they have broken in on the realms of peace, solitude, rest, and finally worship. Matthew Sleeth begins his book with a brief exploration of this modern phenomenon of the non-stop lifestyle, then offers his solution--God's solution: "Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy." In 24/6, Sleeth reminds us that the Sabbath is the day set aside to rest from our labors, and is therefore the perfect answer to the demands of the modern age. The secular culture of the 24/7 schedule tells and believes the lie that time is money and that you get only what you earn. But this heartening book encourages a return to reliance on God's grace; all that we receive comes ultimately from his hand, including an entire day in which we are freed from the work and stresses of each week.

My only qualm about 24/6 is that Sleeth seems to forget that "the Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath." In the final section of his book, he outlines practices his own family has adopted as a means of Sabbath-keeping. Apart from going to Church, though, they seem rather dour and lifeless. Their Sabbath activities are largely meditative, verging on Sabbatarian. Of course there is joy and rest in studying and praying over the Word of God, but there is joy and rest in being out in his world and among his people as well, and I worry that some of Sleeth's recommended practices tend to exclude the latter, veering toward dangerous health-and-wealth. They tend to focus only inward, and not on what our Sabbath-keeping can and does mean for those around us. In faithfully observing the Sabbath we are filled with the life of heaven, and we are meant to carry that life forth into the wider world. All things considered, however, Sleeth's work is timely and insightful, and his message is one that needs to be heard by the Church and the world alike.
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