24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life
A Great Read!
24/6 by Matthew Sleeth was just the book the doctor ordered. In todayÃ¢ÂÂs world it always seems like go go go. And often people for get to slow down and rest. IÃ¢ÂÂm guilty of that as much as the next person. But we need to remember that God gave us a day of rest and even though we feel the need to do we also just need to stop and be. To rest. 24/6 helps us to remember that.
August 5, 2013
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.
July 18, 2013
24/6: Remember the Sabbath
24/6 is a book that stresses the importance to take one day off from the week to rest and spend time with God. Those, of us, who live in America lead very busy lives. We work long hours, care for our families, take the kids to extracurricular activities, and care for our homes. With all the work we do and extra running around, it is no wonder that we are tired by the end of the week. God knew how busy humans tend to get and He also knew that we need time to rest and relax from all our work. Another thing, which God in His wisdom knew, was that when we get busy and successful, we forget about God. God knew that we need a day to rest and seek Him and that is why we are supposed to have a Sabbath day. 24/6 explains what can happen to a person both spiritually, physically, and emotionally if we obey the 4th commandment, which is to remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy. He also described what his Sabbath Day looks like and gave some examples of what it really means to rest, relax, and seek God on our Ã¢ÂÂStop DayÃ¢ÂÂ. I have been observing a Sabbath Day for several years, however, after reading this book, I have seen that I do need to make a few changes to how I spend my Sabbaths. I made the decision to observe Sabbath at a time when life was becoming too busy and when my health was compromised. However, I mostly just avoided work and took the day to go to church and hang out with friends and family. After reading this book, though, I have come to the conclusion that I need to spend more time with God on my Sabbath Day and unplug my computer/tv because my mind does not get the rest it should with these distractions. I encourage all Christians to read this book and to observe the Sabbath. I know that my life has been positively affected since I started and I think that if America were to go back to observing Sabbath, our country would be a better country.
July 18, 2013
enjoyable read, good advice, short on how-to
24/6 is a very enjoyable book to read. Matthew Sleeth writes in an engaging manner, full of personal anecdotes from his days as an ER doctor. The tone of the book is positive, about how much better life can be if we follow GodÃ¢ÂÂs plan for us to include a day of rest in our weekly schedule.
The anecdotes have nothing directly to do with the Sabbath; rather, they illustrate simple truths such as Ã¢ÂÂwhat is missing does matterÃ¢ÂÂ or the importance of recognizing true authority. What they also do is help the reader feel a connection to Sleeth as a person, which perhaps will make his recommendations carry greater weight.
I doubt many people need to be convinced of the desirability of taking more time to rest. The question is how to go about it. Here, I felt that Sleeth did not offer much. There are a few practical suggestions, but for the most part he leaves it to the individual to work out the details in his own life. Sleeth does not even seem concerned with which day is the day of rest, a point that will concern some traditionalists.
The other area that I would have liked dealt with more is the role of worship, study of Scripture, and fellowship with other believers as part of Sabbath observance. For the most part, Sleeth seems to present the act of resting itself as how Sabbath-keeping honors God. Without a specific focus on God, however, I find it too easy for a day of rest to be a day of self-indulgence. There is one chapter on the connection between Sabbath and generosity, but the topic seems more added on than an outgrowth of the rest of his discussion about Sabbath-keeping.
July 6, 2013