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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.

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.


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Product Details

  • 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 0.6 x 8.1 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: #266,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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“There is something comforting about being overworked. If work is the meaning of our lives, then more work equals more meaning. Our work ethic even extends to our time away from work. We like to say that we work hard and we play hard. But 24/6 is not about working hard and playing hard. it is about working hard and stopping. In that rhythm, the work takes on more meaning, and the stopping takes on holiness.” – Dr. Matthew Sleeth

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.
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