So ... when I was invited to do a review on the Waterproof Bible, by Bardin & Marsee Publishing, I was kinda like ~ huh? Really? First of all, is there really a need for something like this? And secondly, how on earth is this even possible?
The day my bible arrived, I was eager to open it. Immediately a smile crossed my lips as my hands ran across the pages. They are smooth, like silky smooth and I love the way they feel. Almost like plastic, but not really. I was intrigued.
As eager as I was to try it out right away, I found myself hesitant to intentionally try to get my bible wet. The bible that I have used is one of my most valued possessions. One of those things that, if the house was on fire and you could only grab 3 things what would you grab, sorta things. My bible would be one of those 3 things. I placed it aside - I would have to figure out how I was going to test this product.
So, if you didn't know before, we are a Scouting family. I have two boys, ages 16 & 12. My Our oldest is working towards his Eagle and my 12 year old just started working on his Boy Scout requirements. I myself am a Cub Scout leader for 7 little 8 & 9 year old boys. We are very active in Scouts and that tends to include lots of fishing trips, water activities and camp outs. We also are a scripture reading family and we have a daily scripture time where we each spend some time in the word each day. So when my 12 year old had a camp out scheduled, he grabbed the waterproof bible and tossed it into his camping bucket and off he went. The following day, when I went to pick him up from his over night trip, as I walked over to their camp area, I was appalled when I saw this.
It's supposed to be waterproof, but boy scout mud proof? I was a little upset to be honest. Mainly because something that I hold so much value in was discarded with little concern in the mud and secondly, how was I supposed to do my review when my child had ruined the product?
On the way home I expressed my dissatisfaction with my son and asked him what I was supposed to do now and his reply was - "Just wash it. We have been getting it wet and dirty and it just washes right off" Really? I just washes right off? Like water off a ducks back, he said. ..... interesting.
So I got home and did as he said and look ..... just look at this!!!
It did!!! It just washed right off. Amazing
Once it was broken in, I sat with it that evening and used it for my daily scripture reading. I tried to use my regular highlighter in it, but I do have to say that it didn't stick and just came right off. I tried a pencil and it worked well and a ball point pen worked well also. Now the company does sell highlighters so they may be made to work with highlighting these types of pages.
I do have to say, that all in all, I am extremely pleased with this product. It performs as it says it does without any damage to the bible at all. The lettering doesn't even smudge no matter how hard you press on it and try to smear it.
If you have an active family, like ours, I would highly recommend this product. I am planning on getting several to give as gifts this year to my sisters family who spends a lot of time on the lake canoeing as well as for each of my boys to use when they are on Scouting adventures. This way they can still do their daily scripture reading without fear of getting their scriptures wet, which honestly prevents them from taking them with them. This waterproof bible just totally fixed that and not there is no reason at all that they can't read daily, regardless of where they are. Score !!!
The price ranges are extremely reasonable. There are various versions to choose from, including the English Standard version, King James version, New International version, New King James version and the New Living Translation. Along with apparel & accessories as well as devotionals, you really can't go wrong for meeting the busy active families bible needs. I can't recommend them enough.
HEY ... also, it you want to get some additional information on these wonderful waterproof bibles, plan to attend the Facebook party scheduled for May 17th. Go "Like" their page HERE so you don't miss it.
See you there !!!