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24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life Paperback – November 1, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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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This book was just what the doctor ordered: a reminder of the biblical origins of Sabbath, why God thought it was important, and why it remains important to us in the 24/7 world in... Read morePublished 2 months ago by T Ward
Well written and researched book on the practical reasons for having a Sabbath.Published 4 months ago by Keith M
A great book that examines the Sabbath and how it can impact your faith and your life!Published 5 months ago by Jason Elam