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Calm, Cool, and Connected: 5 Digital Habits for a More Balanced Life

Calm, Cool, and Connected: 5 Digital Habits for a More Balanced Life

by Arlene Pellicane, Gary Chapman
Calm, Cool, and Connected: 5 Digital Habits for a More Balanced Life

Calm, Cool, and Connected: 5 Digital Habits for a More Balanced Life

by Arlene Pellicane, Gary Chapman


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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. 

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802496140
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 160
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

ARLENE PELLICANE is a speaker, podcaster, and author of several books including Parents Rising, 31 Days to a Happy Husband and Calm, Cool, and Connected. She is the host of the Happy Home podcast, and has been featured on the Today Show, Fox&Friends, Wall Street Journal, and Focus on the Family. She and her husband James have three children. To learn more and for free family resources visit

Table of Contents

Forword 11

Introduction: It Is Well with My Phone 15

Quiz: How Calm, Cool, and Connected Are You? 27

1 H = Hold Down the Off Button 31

2 A = Always Put People First 51

3 B = Brush Daily: Live with a Clean Conscience 69

4 I = I Will Go Online with Purpose 89

5 T = Take a Hike 109

Conclusion: Enjoy the View 127

Discussion Group Questions 135

10 Easy Questions to Connect 141

Notes 143

About the Author 149

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

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.

Mandy Arioto

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!


Kathy Koch

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.


Karen Ehman

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.


Glynnis Whitwer

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.


Dannah Gresh

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.


Mel Cheatham

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.


Ashleigh Slater

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!


Pam Farrel

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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