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.
Why I Choose this Book:
This author. I’ve read another book by her and it was totally spot-on. Plus, I’m always looking at ways to be more balanced in life – particularly when it comes to technology. I’ve been working on it an extra amount during the last few months, so reading this book was quite timely.
What I Thought about this Book:
Y’all. You should read it. Really. It’s so easy to read – like to the point that when I went to write this review I was like “I think it was maybe 70ish pages.” And was quite surprised to see that it was actually 160 pages long, because I flew through it, enjoying and learning from each page.
We live in an era where there’s so much we can learn and do because of technology…but at the same time we can lose so much if we don’t put technology in the correct place. Just because we have the access to something doesn’t mean it’s a good thing. And just because something is good doesn’t mean it’s the best thing.
I’d been working on learning this concept and putting technology in the right place in my life even before I got this book for review. Reading Cool, Calm, and Connected totally inforced what I’d been thinking, as well as giving me practical advice as to how to better apply it in my life. The advice that stuck out most to me was how to be intentional. The author said that when you go to pick up your phone or click on the internet on your computer, think through what you’re going to do
The advice that stuck out most to me was how to be intentional. The author said that when you go to pick up your phone or click on the internet on your computer, think through what you’re going to do on it so you don’t end up mindlessly spending your time. For instance, when I get on my phone now, I stop and think “What am I doing?” And then I answer that question before proceeding. The answer might be “Texting so-and-so” or “Posting on Twitter” or “Reading on my Kindle” or “Making a memo for myself” or even “Chilling for five minutes on Facebook.” And then I make it a point to do what I got on my phone to do, and then putting it back away. It makes a big difference. (Same thing applies to the internet on my computer.)
One of the best parts about this book is it doesn’t condemn you for poor choices in your past, instead, it empowers you to make the correct choices in your future. Reading this book was encouraging. It was inspiring. And it made me want to buy a bunch of copies and hand them out to basically everyone I know. It’s also really practical and simple. And y’all should read it.
I can’t think of anyone I wouldn’t recommend this book to. I mean, obviously not a three-year-old, but you get my point. There were a few small mentions of different addictions that the internet helps make easily accessible, so parents might want to skim those parts before handing this book to kids, but if I remember correctly then it didn’t go into any details.
While technology is developing at rapid speeds, there are some disadvantages to it. In Calm, Cool and Connected, Arlene Pellicane examines how to give technology its proper place in our lives. She gives five digital habits for a more balanced life. And let's face it, everyone can probably use a little more balance. It is all about moderation and being intentional with our technology. I definitely recommend reading this book.
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.