Modern society is plugged in—from Snapchat to work emails to nights spent watching Netflix—and it can be difficult to put down the smartphone or turn off the laptop. Not only can digital distractions hamper productivity and personal interactions, but constant scrolling and liking can also interfere with faith practices, such as praying, meditating, and connecting with God. Religion publishers are offering books from several authors who explore ways to help stop the online chatter and gain some silence.
Calm, Cool, and Connected: 5 Digital Habits for a More Balanced Life
Pellicane, who coauthored a parenting book about social media, is targeting a wider audience with a five-step plan to change technology-related habits and create a more balanced life that allows time for God and others. Habits include putting people first, having a purpose for online visits, and turning off technology for peace and quiet.
Mipham, a Tibetan Buddhist teacher, offers advice on how to cut through the noise on social media by drawing on principles of the Shambhala tradition, which promotes meditation and “a sincere belief in the inherent wisdom, compassion, and courage of all beings,” according to the publisher. The book includes strategies for starting conversations and reflective exercises aimed toward increasing attention spans, becoming better listeners, and appreciating others.
Hope 4 Today: Staying Connected to God in a Distracted World
Speaker, businesswoman, and actress Cooke encourages Christians to stay connected with the Bible—and God—via this 52-week devotional. The entries—which explore pop culture, media, and entertainment—encourage readers to study the Bible even for just a few minutes a day.
Glory Happening: Finding the Divine in Everyday Places
Curtice, a Native American writer, teacher, and worship leader, collects stories and prayers from a lifetime of finding beauty in the details of life—including monotonous routines. The book calls on readers to quiet the voices of technology and other distractions to see, feel, and hear the divine in ordinary circumstances.