Friday, May 10, 2013

Review: Waterproof Bible by Bardin & Marsee Publishing

When my package from Bardin & Marsee Publishing arrived, I tore it open in excitement!  My review Waterproof Bible ESV New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs had arrived!  It was even nicer than I expected.  I riffled the pages and enjoyed the way they moved just like any other book.  The pages didn't seem plastic but rather like ones from a children's picture book (I have a lot of those around with which to compare!) and much nicer than a paperback. The pages are about 3 times as thick as a regular Bible's pages.

I stuck it in my purse and carried it with me.  I would pull it out and admire it.  I loved the smoothness of the pages and how you can't see the backside print through the paper.  I wrote my name in the front in pencil (and I could erase it, too), underlined my favorite verse in ballpoint pen, and another favorite verse with a "pencil crayon".  I tried using a regular highlighter but it washed right off. 

But I couldn't bring myself to do anything else to test the Bible out!  I am so used to taking extra care of my Bible, I mean it's the BIBLE!  Then we had a nice rainy day and I forced myself to take the Waterproof Bible outside.  I was supposed to be testing it out for my review afterall!

Andy looked at the Waterproof Bible in the rain while we waited for his bus:

I tossed the Waterproof Bible in a puddle:

Then put it into the muddy leaves and muck from the rain:

It washed right off under the running water!

 I set it on it's spine infront of the heat vent:

As good as new:

It gives the information about how to care for the Waterproof Bible on the bottom of the Table of Contents:

When it came time for the boys' bath, I wanted to test out the Waterproof Bible's ability to float:

It floats!
Andy enjoyed reading the Waterproof Bible in the bathtub and holding it under the water and then letting go to watch it rise to the surface ☺

The Waterproof Bible is very sturdy and well made.  It is made of synthetic paper that is stain and tear resistant which is first sewn with synthetic thread and then glued with waterproof glue.

It is sewn with synthetic thread before being glued

The Waterproof Bible is available in 5 translations with 3 cover choices in both the full Bible or New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs.

Translations available include
  1. King James Version (KJV)
  2. New King James Version (NKJV)
  3. English Standard Version (ESV)
  4. New Living Translation (NLT)
  5. New International Version (NIV) (2011 version)
The available covers are blue, pink, or (tree bark) camo:

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The New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs is 4 1/4" x 7" x 5/8" thick and weighs about a ½ pound.  The full Bible is 6" x 9" x 1" thick and weighs about 2 pounds.

I loved the Waterproof Bible ESV New Testament with Psalms & Proverbs so much, I bought a full version!

Having both the full Bible and the New Testament with Psalms & Proverbs, I decided to compare the two:

They both have cross references, foot notes, and section headings but the full Bible adds book intros before each book of the Bible.   The full Bible's section headings were bold print and the New Testament with Psalms & Proverbs had italicized section headings. 

I have been leaving my New Testament with Psalms & Proverbs on the table where my kids do their Quiet Time Bible devotions.  Spills seem to be a common occurance on this table, and now I don't have to worry about my Bible getting ruined!  I think that the Waterproof Bible would work great for baptisms and for members of the armed services. I can also see it being great for camping or for our Civil War reenactments when it tends to be quite damp in the mornings. 

I think that at $24.95 for the New Testament with Psalms & Proverbs and $44.95 for the full Bible, the Waterproof Bible is a good price comparable to the price of regular Bibles with the added benefits that come with having a waterproof Bible!

Bardin & Marsee Publishing also sells accessories like waterproof Bible jackets, all weather journals, dry highlighters, bookmark magnifiers, Bible index tabs, and hats.

To read what other reviewers had to say about the Waterproof Bible, click here.

I recieved a free copy of an ESV Waterproof Bible New Testament with Psalms & Proverbs in exchange for my honest review.  I did not recieve any other form of compensation.  Each person is different, so your opinions my differ from mine.


Amy :) said...

That is *so* cool! I loved all the photos of the waterproof Bible in places you'd never on purpose put a Bible. But what a great idea, especially in a house full of kids, where accidents & spills happen! :)

Carrie said...

LOVE all the ways you showed this item getting tested out!

Chef Penny said...

I love the little person holding it outside in the rain! Way to take one for the team!

Unknown said...

Thank you for the great review. I would love to have a Bible where I can erase highlighting. The highlighting washing away would be fine as long as it does not smudge. Have you found a highlighter that works like that with this Bible? Thank you.