January 16, 2017: Hollywood producer and Adventist lay preacher DeVon Franklin promoted the idea of a seventh-day Sabbath on a recent episode of The Dr. Oz Show.
Speaking to Dr. Mehmet Oz on the television program, Franklin pitched Sabbath-keeping as a practice that could improve people’s health. He called it “The 7th Day Restart” and described the custom as a “revolutionary idea” with a range of health benefits, including increased energy and weight loss.
Instead of spending time on chores, social media and reading the news, Franklin encouraged spending time in nature, cooking for loved ones and a 90-minute nap, which he claims allows the same amount of rest as a full night’s sleep.
He also advocated uplifting reading. “Normally, the type of reading that I do and the type of reading I suggest is the type that edifies the spirit, the type that helps you become a better person. I spend time reading Psalms, Proverbs and the rest of the Bible,” said Franklin. “I also read self-help books and that type of reading realigns you with who you are, where you want to be, and what you’re supposed to be doing in life.”
Franklin said he would post his reading list on Dr. Oz’s website.
In an article about the Dr. Oz Show appearance, The Christian Post noted that Franklin’s commitment to Sabbath-keeping had led to his giving up an opportunity to intern for Hollywood acting legend Will Smith.
The Dr. Oz Show episode with Franklin aired on January 12.