Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Product Review: Waterproof Bible from Bardin & Marsee Publishing

Product at a glance:
  • Product received for review: 
  • Publisher: Bardin & Marsee Publishing
  • Price: $24.95 for the New Testament with Psalms & Proverbs and the full Bible is $44.95
  • Web-site:
  • Other Products: Full Bibles and Extended New Testament Bibles all in their great waterproof versions, accessories for highlighting your Bible, and even index page markers, all weather journals, dry highlighters. 
  • Ages/grades suggested for: All ages.
  • Who can use it? Anyone who wants a more durable Bible; one that can take a camping trip or pool-side afternoon. Great for kids who are active and tough on their Bibles.
  • What problem does this product solve?: 
  • You're on the go and outside being active and you need a Bible that will hold up to your busy, messy, outdoor life.
  • How will this product help solve that problem (quoted from the publisher's site): 
  • "The Waterproof Bible and THE OUTDOOR BIBLE originate from our desire to take God's word into all of His creation, regardless of the weather or circumstances. That is why they are completely waterproof, dry quickly, are much stronger than paper, are usable with writing utensils (ball point pen, pencil, or dry highlighter), and adapt well to all extremes or reading environments (on a rainy campout, in a coffee shop, even in a hot tub!). Just as a frog lives on land and in water, the Waterproof Bible and THE OUTDOOR BIBLE thrive in any situation or climate."

Bardin & Marsee Publishing's Waterproof Bible is a great, durable tough little bible. Although we are not the camping, outdoorsy types that this Bible was intended for, I still love it. I have always felt like regular Bibles are delicate and fragile. I worry that I will tear pages and spill coffee on my Bible and I have torn pages in my Bible just by turning pages or the bible slipping out of my hand and trying to catch it.

I often don't take it with us when we travel because of worrying about it getting damaged. I would never throw my regular Bible in my purse and carry it around Disney World for fear that it would get destroyed by the stuff in my purse or the inevitable water rides that the kids drag me on. However, that's just what I did this week. It has survived 16 hour days at the bottom of a purse stuffed with water bottles, sunscreen, leaking Coke bottles and several kids' pin collections! It's done great! Not one ding, tear or scratched up pages AND the Coke rinsed right off! 

I often feel like my kids lose part of what we're reading when we read the Bible together because I'm trying to teach them to be gentle and careful with the pages and the book. I spend 1/3 of our time saying things like "Don't be so rough when you're flipping the pages!" "Don't lick your finger to flip the page!" "Watch out! Don't let that spilled juice get on the Bible!" The Waterproof Bible removes much of that worry and stress from our Bible lessons. If you look at the picture below, my husband is holding the weight of the bible with a single page. Now, this is the small version (just New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs) not the full Bible. I haven't ordered the full size version yet, but I plan on it soon. 


Here are some great features of this Bible:
  • It floats.
  • The pages are plastic, so they are very durable.
  • Stain resistant
  • Mud resistant
  • Wipes off easily
  • Holds up to being shoved in a messenger bag with suntan lotion, leaking Cokes and sweaty water bottles.
  • Impervious to water based dyes and food coloring.

The Waterproof Bible is available in 5 different translations with 3 different cover choices in each. You can also choose between the full Bible or an extended New Testament version (includes Psalms and Proverbs).

Translations available include: 

There are three available cover: blue, pink, or (tree bark) camo:

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Bibles always seem pricey to me, but this one is much less expensive than many of the versions I've been debating on. Some of them were over $100. I would love to see them eventually add a Women's Study Bible or something similar but for now, I'll settle for the regular version.

Since I'm blogging from Disney World right now (yes, it is a rough life). I will post some pictures of our Bible's trip to the resort pool at Kidani Village in Animal Kingdom as soon as I get my little pin obsessed traders away from the "King Pin" trader in the lobby. 

What did mom think about the Waterproof Bible?

I love it. It's a great durable Bible that I can let my kids be kids with. I don't have to outlaw taking our Bible on our nature hikes and I don't have to worry about someone falling in a puddle or creek when we do go. This Bible can stand up to it all! I probably won't take it to the pool as a regular habit, but I love being able to carry it in my purse or bag.

What do the kids think about the Waterproof Bible?

Emma: "I think this is the greatest thing that was ever made!" 
Matthew: "It's pretty good. I don't have to listen to Mom growl at me to be gentle. I like that!"

I received a free copy of an ESV Waterproof Bible New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs in exchange for my honest review. I did not receive any other form of compensation. Your opinion of the product may differ from mine.

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