Have you seen the Waterproof Bible by Bardin & Marsee? Here, check this out:
How can a Bible be waterproof?
Obviously it’s not made out of paper, right? So what is it? The pages and the cover are synthetic, leaving them both water resistant AND stain proof. The pages feel smooth and cool, and when you feel a page between your fingers it feels like a super thin vinyl or plastic. But the pages are very matte and soft so in that sense they also feel “NOT plastic.” Because the Waterproof Bible isn’t made out of paper you can spill on it, splash on it, or (as you’ve seen) you can even dunk the whole thing in a sink if you want to.
Okay, so, does it REALLY work?
Yes! The water (or coffee) sits on the page in a puddle waiting to be shaken or wiped off with a cloth. The coffee didn’t stain, either! Even dropping the whole thing in the sink didn’t ruin it. My mom was skeptical and half-afraid that it wouldn’t work. (Sorry, mom!) When we shot the video above, I gasped for effect, my mom gasped for real! But no, it didn’t fall apart and YES, it really is water proof!
How do you care for the Waterproof Bible?
I emailed Mr. Bobby Bardin myself and asked him that very question. “What do you do if you drop it in water?” My husband wanted to know if we had to dry off every page or dry it with a blow dryer. The simple answer? No. Here’s what you do:
Spill some water on it? Wipe it off with a dry cloth.
Spill something sticky on it? Wipe it off with a wet cloth and dry it with a dry cloth.
Drop it in water? SQUISH as much water as you can out of it, dry the outside and edges with a towel and keep using it. It dries as you use it. (I kept checking and flipping the pages periodically. If I found a really WET page, I wiped it off.)
Drop it in something soapy/slimy/sticky/muddy: Rinse it with clean water and then dry as above.
I know you’re skeptical because I was skeptical when Mr. Bardin told me just to squish out as much as possible and keep using it. I thought, “Okayyyy… if you say sooo…” But let me tell you that the very next morning it was already mostly dry; it didn’t take long. I’m sure if the Bible was allowed so sit in the water to become saturated then the drying process would take longer (Mr. Bardin said as much as a couple weeks in high humidity) but it does work.
The Waterproof Bible features:
- Waterproof (of course, right?)
- Synthetic pages are very durable and rip-resistant
- Can write in pencil or “dry” pen.
- Can “dry” highlight (I use twistable color pencils)
- Variety of cover styles and translations
- Short introduction to each chapter
- Footnotes at the bottom of each page
Who might want a Waterproof Bible?
I can think of many people who might enjoy this! Everyone I’ve spoken to about it has been intrigued. But certain types of people may be more interested than others:
- People in the military serving overseas.
- Missionaries in the field
- Men who like to camp and fish and take the word of God with them
- Speakers who travel a lot
- Mothers of small children
- People who work in messy environments and like to take their bible to work
- College students who often study on the go or while eating
- Messy boys (I couldn’t resist – I have one!)
What other types of people might be interested in a Waterproof Bible?
And as to whether or not I like it? Yes, it’s very cool. It would make a really neat and thoughtful gift for any of the people mentioned above.
Where can I find these in stores?
You can find the Waterproof Bible in most Christian retail stores like LifeWay, Mardel, Family Christian Stores and others. You can find them online at Amazon and Christianbook.com. You can also order the Waterproof Bible directly from Bardin & Marsee on their website (and while you’re there check out their apparel and other items as well.) Also, you can find the Waterproof Bible on Facebook and Twitter.
Bonus! If you order directly from Bardin & Marsee from now until December 31, 2012 and use the code “freeship12” at checkout, you will receive free shipping on your entire order.
Or you can win one!
Bardin & Marsee has given me ONE Waterproof Bible to give away to one of my (U.S. or military based) readers! Follow the directions here and maximize your chances to win:
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Maximize your chances even more! Check out these Waterproof Bible giveaways with my fellow review bloggers also going on right now:
Alisha @ Flourish
Jamie @ The Unlikely Homeschool
Marianne @ Abundant Life
All the fine print:
Many thanks to Bardin & Marsee Publishing for providing a copy of the pink ESV Waterproof Bible for review. They also compensated me for my time but they didn’t not ask or tell me what to write. All thoughts and statements above are my own and I was not required to write a positive review, although I found the experience generally pleasing and positive overall. For more information on my own personal review standards and guidelines, read my page About Reviews.
I’ve been waiting to see your review – when you first posted about it on FB I looked around on their site for quite a while. So intriguing!!
I think this would be a great gift for my sister in law and her family – they are missionaries in Niger. And it would be nice to have one myself, as I seem to spill coffee on every. single. thing. I. own. 😉
Kristi – I can so relate.. I now keep a silicone keyboard cover on my laptop after dropping a cup of coffee in my lap and having to replace the keyboard on my Macbook about a year ago! =p
I just told my kids about this and one of them said ~ “Now you can take your Bible with you when you get baptized!”
Jolanthe – I LOVE THAT.
To me I instantly think of a survival pack complete with ziploc matches and flint that you’d need on a camping trip. But really it means no worries if I leave the Bible within reach of little hands.
With 6 kids, a lot of spilling happens!! This would be great!!
Wow. Impressive! This is truly an ingenious product that makes God’s Word even more accessible despite the situation. I can think of several people who may be getting this for Christmas this year.
This was a great review! I think of my kids when I think about purchasing this Bible. It would be great to have one that can survive their busy lives 🙂
OH MY! As Christian homeschoolers our we have our Bibles out and laying around all the time and if I had a nickel for every time something got spilled or upset on one….. :-0
Would love to try one of these out!!
I understand, my Bible has many stains and splotches as well. It’s a risk we take for keeping our bibles out and using them, right??
Sounds like it would be for my family! A homeschooling family who constantly has spills on the school table. A Bible like this would be the one thing I wouldn’t have to worry about ruining!
Yes! And you could focus on saving the math work instead!
I just want it b/c it’s cool- and will hold up to lots of use & abuse. Thanks for the review & giveaway!
Yes, it’s very COOL. I kept holding it and flipping it over and feeling the pages. It’s really cool!
With four children around this would be a great blessing! We have spills more often than not. 🙂
I hear you! I only have three and we have spills almost every day. There for a while we were lucky to have less than three a day!!
Does it come in any other color?
Yes, the ESV version comes in pink, blue and camo (which is a tree bark pattern.) I think some of the other versions had additional colors.
to answer the Rafflecopter question — myself, of course! This would be great as I am a super messy & super clumsy individual! 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity!
Super messy AND super clumsy? You sound like a perfect candidate. =)
My kids! No more worries about my kids doing something to mess up the Bible.
Right. So we can focus on worrying about other things. =)
My son has had two Bibles ruined due to spillage. Would love, LOVE one that can handle children.
Oh how sad! I’m always sad when books get ruined like that. =( Especially our Bibles..
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My children have Bible Story Books, but do not have their own Bible. This would be perfect for my almost 5 year old.
And the best news, it will last them a really, really long time, too! My first “real” bible barely survived my childhood, and I even took care of it, too!
I think these would make great gifts for any Christian. I particularly think of my two nephews. :]
They *would* make great gifts for any Christian.. I bet your nephews would love them. Boys seem to be particularly fascinated by the science aspect of the waterproof feature. =)
This would make a great first Bible for my 5 year old, since I promised her that I would get her her first big girl Bible for Christmas
My son wants a big boy bible, too. I love when they ask for one of those, don’t you?
The entire family! We could all use one.
I just LOVE that we can take it on our camping trips!!!! No worries about dirt or water soaked pages!
You know, I’m not much of a camper myself.. but I did think that people who like to camp/hike/fish would probably like it a lot. The outdoors can be pretty messy. =p
I think of a Bible I can take anywhere, that my kids can eat and drink around, that I can not worry about ruining! That is my kind of Bible!
Not having to worry about ruining it is a great benefit. I’ve had to save my bible from a table after a glass has been knocked over. I won’t have to worry about this one, or even have to snatch it up off the table until I have the mess contained. =)
This is so fascinating for those of us with children . . . and absent mindedness.
Yes, perfect for the absent minded..and the clumsy. =) Which applies to basically everybody in my household. 😉
One of the most important things to have is still your faith and your BibleThis is such a great idea WOW I cant believe we are in the year 2012 and this is just now happening . Thank u
The concept of this is amazing . I feel very strongly about this.We have hard shells for our cell phones i pads ect ect its time we have a waterproof Bible . THANKS such a blessing to familes of all sorts .
The concept IS amazing. And you’re right.. it’s time to have a bible as indestructible as our cell phones and ipods!
We would use this for our homeschool Bible. My children are always spilling their juice & their mommy isn’t exactly graceful either. She *might* be known for spilling her tea as often as the kiddos spill their juice. 😉
LOL. I don’t think I can claim to be much more graceful than my kids, either. I spill things quite frequently myself…
This looks like an AWESOME, go-everywhere w/me Bible!!!! Hope I win it…. Then I can buy others too (hey, saving all I can..LOL )
Oooh, now you’re thinking!! =)
Sounds like a great idea! We would love to have a take anywhere Bible.
A “take anywhere” bible. Yes, love that nickname for it!
I would love this to take with me to Bible study. I always just throw my Bible in my diaper bag along with water bottles, snacks and who knows what else. I always fear it getting beat up or wet. If I don’t win I think this will be on my Christmas list!
I always carried mine in my diaper bag, too. Formula and baby food would wipe right off of this one!
what a great giveaway! I would love to read my Bible while taking a bath.. maybe its weird but its quiet in there, LOL
No, actually, I’d had that thought myself, but we only have a shower. No more bathtub. =( But I do know you’re right about the quiet. =)