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24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life Paperback – November 1, 2012
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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?
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.
About the Author
Eugene H. Peterson, author of The Message, a bestselling translation of the Bible, is professor emeritus of spiritual theology at Regent College, British Columbia, and the author of over thirty books. He and his wife, Jan, live in Montana.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
Dr. Matthew Sleeth found his way to Sabbath rest before he came to faith in the Lord of the Sabbath. Hitting the “pause” button one day a week while working as an ER physician was the most counterintuitive thing he could do as he sought to build his medical career. As he began to make space in his adrenaline-driven schedule to unplug from work and focus on rest, reflection and simple family time, he discovered that Sabbath was a gift from God that shaped the way he lived all seven days of the week.
After I wrote this piece entitled “The Jewish Roots of the Christian Sabbath” in June as part of Amy Julia Becker’s series exploring the Sabbath in which I confessed my own struggle to make sense of Shabbat, I heard from Nancy Sleeth. I’d interviewed Nancy a couple of years ago about her lovely book, Almost Amish. I’d learned from the book and my interview about the commitment the Sleeths had made to simple, intentional living. This commitment included a gracious, hospitable Shabbat observance.
Nancy told me that her husband had written a book on the Sabbath, and asked if I might be interested in receiving a copy of the book and its companion DVD. Based on what I knew of the Sleeth family from both Nancy’s book and their creation care ministry, I was eager to hear what Dr. Sleeth had to say about the Sabbath.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was well written and the author presented information in such a relatable manner! The content was spot on and truly inspirational.Published 23 days ago by Jennifer Hopkins
Excellent, funny, easy read. Should probably have given it 5 stars but I felt I knew all this already (just need to apply it).Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a clear and compelling presentation for consideration without being "preached at", but being encouraged instead.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 10 months ago by T Ward
Well written and researched book on the practical reasons for having a Sabbath.Published 13 months ago by Keith M
A great book that examines the Sabbath and how it can impact your faith and your life!Published 14 months ago by Jason Elam