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24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life

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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

This an interesting and well thought out book which takes a mode

This an interesting and well thought out book which takes a modern look at the 4th commandment, in light of our 24/7 world. As a child, I remember most places of business were closed on Sunday. This was called the Blue Laws. I remember when we were told the computer ...
This an interesting and well thought out book which takes a modern look at the 4th commandment, in light of our 24/7 world. As a child, I remember most places of business were closed on Sunday. This was called the Blue Laws. I remember when we were told the computer age would reduce our work week. Because we were supposed to be able to get so much done in less time. But what it did was increase the amount of work hours for most people. It also increased the amount of time spend at home doing work. Cell phones give others the impression that we are available 24 hours a day. God forbid you don't answer so ones call. The Sabbath was meant for man, to rest himself and all creatures, he owned. While the day we call the Sabbath may not be the same, we need to have one day every week that we rest and contemplate on where we have been, where we are and where we are going. Sabbath was made to commune with GOD, meditate and rest the body.

posted by Michael7MJ on December 11, 2012

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

The 24/7 schedules of the modern world and its global marketplac

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 no...
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.

posted by SeansReviews on June 3, 2013

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  • Posted July 1, 2013

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    24/6 is compelling.                                            

    24/6 is compelling.                                                                 
    Reading the stories within this book empowered me to make necessary changes in my life. Keeping the Sabbath IS a commandment, not just a suggestion, and in today’s world it seems most of us have forgotten that. 

    The book is easy to read and kept my interest throughout. There weren’t any lagging areas, and was a quick read. I’m certainly changed. Whether you need a gentle nudge or a push, this book is sufficient to do either one.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2013

    How do we rest in a 24/7 world? Just like the Hebrews in Egypt w

    How do we rest in a 24/7 world? Just like the Hebrews in Egypt who were slaves, we are slaves to social media, cell phones and technology. In 24/6 the author gives us a prescription to rest and take time away from the rat race. Setting time aside one day a week would help us reconnect with Jesus, finding peace and letting God be God. I read the entire book in one day and highly recommend everyone should take the time to read the book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2013

    In our busy world, many people have 24/7 lives and do not have t

    In our busy world, many people have 24/7 lives and do not have time to rest. Dr. Matthew Sleeth discusses how our lives have gotten to this point and has ideas for how to have a day of rest. I thought the author made some good points about having a day of rest and how his family did this. It's a great idea and many Scripture passages were quoted to support this.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2013

    Making sure you have a "Sabbath", or day of rest once

    Making sure you have a "Sabbath", or day of rest once per week.  Sounds simple, doesn't it?




    Matthew Sleeth's book, "24/6", talks of the reasons why the fourth commandment is so important to our lives.  As a doctor, he gives many valid physical concerns for unplugging regularly from our over-connected world - taking time to physically and mentally 'break' can be critical to our health.  Spiritually, since is it something that God commanded it only makes sense that we would embrace this opportunity to connect with God AND rest.  I know, in our modern society this seems to fly in the face of typical American wisdom.....but we have to remember to be a human being not a human doing.  :)




    This was a super easy read, his stories are interesting, his points valid, his communication style straightforward.  I appreciated this reminder that more work is not always better and rest is crucial to well-being - physically, emotionally, spiritually.  I recommend this book - once you start you will be hard pressed to put it down, and you will be glad you started!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    What I most liked about 24/6 is that Dr. Sleeth didn't try to te

    What I most liked about 24/6 is that Dr. Sleeth didn't try to tell people exactly how one MUST keep their Sabbaths. He did share was he and his family usually do and gave suggestions as to what others might do, but he did not mandate what was required. While he talked quite a bit about a Sunday Sabbath, he did not say that Sunday WAS the Sabbath. He also mentioned that in this day and age, it is just most important to take one day off in seven not necessarily a particular day. The book was easy to read and enjoyable.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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