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.
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 solutionâ€”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.
Although promoting the practice of keeping the Sabbath, it is written by an Emergency Room Doctor and deals with the benefits to our bodies and spirit of taking a rest once a week. This book is excellent and not "scolding" in tone in the least.
I have read Almost Amish and I do own Go Green Save Green which I look at every so often. Both of those and this one included are true prescriptions for a life dominated by our fast-paced society that can't stop. This book allowed me to see Sabbath as much more than I'd previously thought it was. It is a Holy Day of rest, not merely a day for me to do nothing. The stories that Dr. Sleeth offered made it hard to put this book down. Connecting these amazing stories with the practice of sabbath was a brilliant idea. I just have so many little nuggets and backing for my practice of the Sabbath now. As a college student, we make all the excuses for not practicing Sabbath, but Dr. Sleeth makes it doable and pushes us past our excuses. It's not that we don't have time for the sabbath, I say, it's that we are lazy and unmotivated to get everything done that needs to be done, as students, so we can take that day of rest. The blessings in the back are also amazing as I am such a fan of Hebrew and am a descendent of the Jewish people. Great book and great guide!
In our frenzied world, we desperately need to stop and rest. Accessing experiences from his medical work and from life, Dr. Sleeth shows how and why God wrote the Sabbath rest into creation itself. Not only for the sake of our personal well-being but also for the sake of creation, we all need to read this book and heed its call to enter into God's Sabbath rest.