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Calm, Cool, and Connected: 5 Digital Habits for a More Balanced Life Paperback – September 5, 2017
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Calm, Cool, and Connected is the book I have been wishing someone would write. Filled with practical insights and helpful tips, it is a manifesto for all of us parents who are navigating the new frontier of raising kids who have the world at their fingertips, literally. If you ever struggle with guilt about how much your kids are on screens or wage battle with your own proclivity to check email six times an hour, Arlene offers sanity without shaming and provides a way forward that is both life giving and realistic.
President and CEO of MOPS International and author of Starry-Eyed: Seeing Grace in the Unfolding Constellation of Life and Motherhood
In this screen age of distraction, disconnection, and addiction, Calm, Cool, and Connected offers us a better way. Thank you Arlene—this book is timely, extremely practical, and a great resource.
Sylvia Hart Frejd
Founder and Executive Director Center for Digital Wellness Liberty University
Would you like a healthier family life? More joy? Deeper connections? Have you noticed your children being stressed and anxious? What about you? Arlene Pellicane will help you see how your technology use is relevant. Yes, yours. Children tell me all the time that they wish their moms would put down their phones. Many moms want to. Arlene will help you do that and more. Her personal illustrations, compelling data, and practical ideas will inspire you to make realistic changes. They’re doable, directly related to real concerns, and will result in greater contentment. You can learn to be a new and better you!
Founder/president of Celebrate Kids, Inc., and the author of Screens and Teens: Connecting with Our Kids in a Wireless World
In today’s culture, no longer are phones used just for calling; instead, they are multipurpose mechanisms that are calling the shots in our lives—dictating how we spend a great majority of our daily waking moments. As a result, I can only think of about three people I know personally—who don’t own a cell phone—that wouldn’t benefit from the advice in Calm, Cool, and Connected. For the rest of us, the time is long overdue! Arlene’s wise insight into this tangled, technical problem coupled with scads of creative, concrete solutions will inspire you to put down your devices so you can spend less time touching screens and more time touching lives instead.
Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker and New York Times bestselling author of Keep It Shut and Listen, Love, Repeat
Arlene Pellicane has addressed head-on the silent foe of our day—our dependence on technology. As we steward ourselves and the next generation, all moms should read Calm, Cool, and Connected! It’s a beautiful blend of practical and spiritual reasons why our dependence on cellphones harms the very things we long for most. Arlene wraps the warnings about the hidden dangers of our phone in a way that brings hope and reminds us, it’s not too late to change.
Author of Doing Busy Better
Executive Director of Communications at Proverbs 31 Ministries
Arlene’s words convicted me from the moment I saw the title! The sentence that spoke the most to me? “Your spouse is more interesting than your phone.” This book gave me the reasoning and motivation to back away from my screen and take steps toward those I love.
Creator of Secret Keeper Girl and author of The 20 Hardest Questions Every Mom Faces: Praying Your Way to Realistic, Biblical Answers
Calm, Cool, and Connected is not only a great guidebook to creating intentional relationships and healthy living but it also provides suggestions for how to live life more fully face-to-face. Our lives are fuller because we choose to connect with others in real time and limit greatly the screen time in our home. Kudos to Arlene for addressing a growing problem in our society in a very practical and useful way.
Joanne and Dan Miller
Authors, Creating a Haven of Peace and 48 Days to the Work You Love
In this excellent and timely book, author Arlene Pellicane has defined a plan for staying connected in this electronic age. Through building a productive, yet cautious relationship with one’s devices, you can be calm, cool, and connected.
Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery
If you sometimes struggle, as I do, to use technology in a balanced way, Calm, Cool, and Connected is a must read. Arlene offers practical suggestions and doable strategies that will equip you to be more intentional when it comes to your screen time.
Author of Braving Sorrow Together and Team Us
It is a two-edged sword, this digital age. Like dynamite, digital tools can be a force for greatness in connecting people and creating opportunities; however, on the other hand, digital power can blow lives apart if not used with care. In Calm, Cool, and Connected, Arlene Pellicane shows us how to maximize the blessings and benefits while minimizing the dangers and deceptions. In a worldjam-packed with all things digital, this book is a must read!
Codirector, Love-Wise; author of Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti and 10 Best Decisions a Parent Can Make
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H - Hold Down The Off Button
A - Always Put People First
B - Brush Daily and Live With A Clean Conscience
I - I Will Go Online With Purpose
T - Take A Hike
Some of the points addressed include:
1. Advantages of silence.
2. The importance of having eye contact with others instead of eyeing your phone so much.
3. When at work, consider checking emails later in the day after you've worked on your most important projects.
4. 5 signs of an online shopping problem and suggestions for keeping it in check.
5. While God wants us to be interested in and focused on others, our society prizes "selfies".
6. The importance of going online with a purpose instead of wasting time.
7. 5 ways to become more efficient online and 5 ways to tame your inbox.
8. 5 good reasons to spend time outside.
Very readable, the title will challenge the reader to focus more on the important things of life (people) and less on technology. Will be a helpful future reminder and challenge. I was given a review copy by Moody Publishers in exchange for a fair review.
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.
I’m giving Cool, Calm, and Connected 5 out of 5 stars, and 10 out of 10
*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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