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!).
When this item came up for review, I was SO EXCITED to see it...I just could not put the words waterproof and Bible together and have it make sense...I really wanted to touch it...try it out, etc...when it came, we all touched it, flipped through the pages...then it was time to put The Waterproof Bible through the courses...
In the sink...opened up to Psalm 23 and turned on the faucet...the Bible is FULLY submerged, but came out completely fine...after the pages get dried off...you can thumb through them just as before...Also, a bonus for boaters...most versions will float when in water! So if it accidentally goes overboard, you MAY be able to recover it!
In the dirt...I rubbed some dirt on 2 Timothy...the dirt washed off, but there is a FAINT remnant of it left behind...I am not even sure if you can see it in the picture or not.
Tearing...because they are a plastic material, they will stretch before they tear...as you can see from this picture...and yes, that little bump will make me crazy...so I will probably cut it out.
This is a DURABLE Bible...and while I will not be taking a wilderness adventure any time soon, I can see how this Bible would be wonderful in several EVERYDAY situations that I encounter. Devotions where any liquid is within a 10 foot radius, for younger children to use, in the bathtub, hot tub or at a pool, at Family Camp...so many possibilities! It would be GREAT for Missionaries and those in the Service.
I also tested it for writing on the pages...I LOVE to make notes and highlight in my Bible the things that are significant or new or background information right into that place in the Bible...I tested pencil, colored pencil, ball point pen, sharpie and highlighters on a portion of Scripture...The pencil, colored pencil and ball point pen worked the best. The Sharpie was fine, but it was VERY hard to control the fat marker tip on the one I had (Just reading through my notes, I see that that is not recommended to use in these Bibles). The highlighter pen smeared...Bardin Marsee Publishing recommends those dry highlighters made for regular Bibles if you want a highlighter. Gel Pens are not recommended either because they will smear.
So, is the Waterproof Bible pretty much indestructible? Well, there is a warning inside the Bible of things to watch out for:
Available in NIV (2011 version), ESV, NKJV, KJV, and NLT in a Full Bible option or the New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs option. I received the New Testament option to review and I am seriously considering buying a full Bible option. The Pages have an Ultra Clear text, which means that the print does not bleed through onto the other side of the page. With a variety of styles to choose from, prices range from $24.95 to $44.95...I thought these prices were VERY comparable to prices on Bibles in the store. A personalization option is also available and other accessories can make your Waterproof Bible experience complete.
What we thought: WE LOVE the Waterproof Bible and will probably be buying a few copies. There are JUST those times when it is nice to have. The children thought it was REALLY a cool concept. I also think these would make a GREAT graduation gift paired with an All Weather Journal.
Wherever life takes you - carry the Waterproof Bible or THE OUTDOOR BIBLE and Be Inspired. Anywhere.