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

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

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24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life by Matthew Sleeth, Eugene H. Peterson

“Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.”
Sounds nice, but how do we find rest in a 24/7 world? Just as the Hebrews were slaves in Egypt, we have become slaves to technology. Our technological tools allow 24-hour productivity and connectivity, give us more control, and subtlety enslave us to busyness itself. Sabbath is about restraint, about intentionally not doing everything all the time just because we can. Setting aside a day of rest helps us reconnect with our Creator and find the peace of God that passes all understanding. The Sabbath is about letting go of the controls one day a week and letting God be God. So how do we do it?

In 24/6, Dr. Matthew Sleeth describes our symptoms, clarifies the signs, diagnoses the illness, and lays out a simple plan for living a healthier, more God-centered life in a digitally-dazed, always-on world. Sleeth shares how his own family was dramatically transformed when it adopted Sabbath practices and helps readers better understand how their own lives can be transformed – physically, emotionally, relationally and spiritually – by adopting the 24/6 lifestyle.

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ISBN-13: 9781414377339
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 10/18/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 316,261
File size: 898 KB

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24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Michael7MJ More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book. It opened my eyes to a much richer, more meaningful, understanding of the Sabboth. Will reread often. Never actually thought of the Sabboth as a gift. Will give the book as gifts to friends and co-workers.
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J4Life5 More than 1 year ago
This book made me reminisce about my childhood. I remember a time with there wasn't anything to do on Sunday except go to church and then go home where our choices were to watch one of the three channels available to us, read a book, or play outside. To take it a step further, these were the same days where most people didn't call you on the telephone before 9 am or after 9 pm unless it was an emergency. Fast forward to the 21st century and as Sleeth points out, we are a 24/7 generation. I love the way he provides all the scriptural references related to keeping the Sabbath holy. I love the way he lays out the reasons for keeping a day of rest and his plan for a 24/6 lifestyle. This is a great book! It is a quick read and is entertaining with Sleeth's stories from his experiences as a physician. While some people might take issue with whether the Sabbath is on Saturday or Sunday, and Sleeth emphasizes simply designating a day of rest, I agree the most important aspect is to consistently observe a day of rest. I highly recommend this book for whoever remembers living a 24/6 lifestyle from the past, anyone who is overwhelmed and feeling like the more they work, the farther they fall behind, or anyone who is worn down. I highly recommend you read the book, and give the 24/6 lifestyle a try. The rat race will always be available if you want to go back to it.
luvnjesus More than 1 year ago
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.
Virginia76 More than 1 year ago
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.
kristen4mk More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!!  We are a non-stop society that thrives on busy schedules and multi-tasking.  The idea of resting sounds too difficult, but is so incredibly necessary.  I especially loved the verses at the back of the book.  Great encouragement and a great task of purposefully resting a day each week.  
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
HealthSpringWellness More than 1 year ago
While I was reading 24/6, several people commented on the title and asked me what it was about. The concept of 24/7 is ubiquitous in our global workplace, and most I have talked to say it would be great to have a day off—really off. We are constantly available by cell phone, email, or voice mail, and this has even evolved to the point where we feel guilty or are actually MADE to feel guilty if we don’t respond in what the other person feels is a timely manner—often within mere minutes. We panic if we leave home without our cell phone. And yet there are laws to protect us from ourselves if we try to use the cell phone while driving and laws that are meant to limit work hours to what is felt to be a safe level. Not simply a feel good religious book, the author actually presents evidence of increased illness when we do not have any margin or downtime in our lives. It increases stress, which is tied to illness, but our bodies also have built-in mechanisms to provide rest, such as sleep when much of our healing and restoration occurs. When we deflect these mechanisms, breakdowns will eventually occur. 24/6 offers a plan for restoring balance to your life by allowing God His due. By embracing His influence, and resting as He commands, we can be healthier and happier.
John_Mustol More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful and helpful encouragement for all of us to slow down and rest in t he midst of our frenzied and "hyper-everything" culture. Accessing experiences from his medical work and from life, Dr. Sleeth shows why God has written the Sabbath rest into creation itself. Not only do we need it for our personal welfare but also for the sake of the biosphere. I encourage all to buy and read this book. It will be a refreshment and an encouragement.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago