Thursday, October 5, 2017

Calm, Cool, and Connected by Arlene Pellicane

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. I received this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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