For those feeling overloaded with technology…
Let's face it: most of us are on our phones or computers way more than we'd like to be, and more than what's even beneficial. We know that overuse of technology is harmful to our health and relationships, but how can we rewire our digital habits for a healthier life?
In Calm, Cool, and Connected, Arlene Pellicane will walk you through an easy 5-step plan that will help you center your life on Jesus and love others by decluttering your screen time. By introducing a few easy habits into your daily routine, you can transform your relationship with technology and enjoy more time with God and others.
It's easy to become consumed and preoccupied with our devices. In turn, we begin to suppress or ignore what's most important, focusing instead on the urgent and sensational. Let this book guide you toward balanced technology use, and thus a more balanced life.
I think most of us would agree that overusing technology is bad for our personal - and interpersonal - health. It affects our relationships, our moods, and our productivity. It can even lead us away from God.
But many of us may not realize how far we have actually slid down that slippery slope. And we may not know how to change it once we have.
EnterCool, Calm, and Connected by Arlene Pellicane. This is a phenomenal book to help you restore technology to its proper place and make sure it stays there. And it's a book that I can confidently say about 99.99% of us in today's digital world need to read.
This book was powerful. It showed me areas that I need to work on and convicted me in others that I didn't realize I had a problem. It was highly-informative and even quite fascinating at times. But the best thing was that it didn't leave me feeling ashamed or guilty, but rather empowered and motivated to change.
I would really encourage you to get your hands on this book, whether that's borrowing from the library, borrowing from a friend, or buying a copy of your own. Just get a hold of it and let it work its magic in your heart.
This book is not only for parents, but anyone who feels like their phone has become a dominating, overwhelming force. I am not much of a phone person, but I live with several people who are. I enjoyed the practical offerings and non-judgmental tone of this book. It will help me encourage healthier habits for those I love.
I enjoyed her creative analogy of a digital pacifier. It was new to me, and it’s a perfect description of what smartphones are to many people (including my children). I can help them break that habit, just like I helped them break the habit of sucking their thumbs when they were little.
She offers suggestions for practicing wisdom in online shopping and powerful methods for increasing productivity. I especially enjoyed her productivity tips, and I’m using them this week to better effect.
If you or a loved one struggles with too much involvement on digital devices, this book offers gently corrective prescriptions.
Calm, Cool, and Connected is a book that is so necessary in today's society. Every single day, we are staring at our phones, televisions, and tablets and losing sight of the more important people and things around us. This book offers practical advice to help us cut down on our screen time and live life the way God intended us to.
The author uses the word HABIT to give the reader an interesting way to remember useful technology tips: H=Hold Down the Off Button, A=Always Put People First, B=Brush Daily: Live With a Clean Conscience, I=I Will Go Online With a Purpose, T=Take a Hike. These easy and simple steps can help us gain back the control over our devices. Arlene Pellicane reminds us that these devices are not going to play themselves or turn themselves on. We have the control and we can limit our screen time if we spend more time with God and people.
One part of the book that really stood out was when the author referred to mobile phones as digital pacifiers. This is such an accurate description. We need to put down our phones and work on forming relationships with others. There are many tips that I will apply to my life after reading this book, because I have a tendency to lose track of time when I am endlessly scrolling on social media. Everyone that is struggling with an unhealthy approach to technology should read this book. It is a quick read that is very beneficial.