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4 Stars Out Of 5
Review of the English Standard Version (ESV) Waterproof Bible from Bardin & Marsee Publishing
January 12, 2015
The first time I saw a waterproof Bible it was a local Christian book store. It seemed like a good idea. At that time in my life I was planning for the end of the world, doomsday scenario. The Bible was a KJV, so I wasn't that interested. Fast-forward a bit and now they make one in ESV. I was very curious as to how they accomplished this feat of Bible construction. I requested one for review from the publisher. They sent one for me gratis for the purpose of honest review.
Im not going to lie. The idea of pouring water onto any book without damaging it is pretty novel. That novelty earns it some points. Aside from the novelty, there are many practical reasons for having a waterproof Bible. I like the notion of having a Bible I can take to Church Camp or Mens Retreat, and not have to worry about it getting wet or dirty. I can put it in my bag with my toothpaste and not worry about it getting messed up if the cap comes off. I can read it at the table and not worry about spilling my drink on it. If it does get messy from food, drink, dirt, mud, etc. I can just rinse it off and dry it with a towel or rag.
Some of the active peeps I know love their apps. Bible apps are fine, but one update and the enemy can change all the content of the Bible so that it isn't the same anymore. Try pouring some coffee on your tablet or phone while reading your Bible via an app! Good luck with that move. Don't drop your tablet in the dirt next to the fire pit. You'll break your screen. What about when that battery gets low bro? What then? I love having a printed copy in hand to read from. So if it is the Bible you run to the hills with, it wont get remotely updated. I jest... not really... OK, I'm kidding...
The Waterproof Bible was shipped to me packed in a cardboard box cushioned with paper packing material. The Bible is a bit heavier than a comparably sized conventional Bible. I think this is due to the materials used in the manufacture of this Bible. It was in pretty good shape when it arrived. The corners were a little bent, but not bad. The Bible is printed in China. The page material seems to be some kind of plastic material that is very, very opaque. This is a good thing. You cant see the text through the page. One problem with this Bible is that the pages and text are a bit glossy. In sunlight they are pretty bright. The cover is blue and white. The signatures are sewn and glued together. If you look closely enough you can see that they use a pretty heavy looking cord to sew them together. Since the pages aren't conventional paper, I dont see this Bible getting damaged. It is a good investment even if you aren't looking for a Bible to take into the wild. It will survive the urban jungle as well. Youth Pastors know what I mean. There are short book introductions before each book. The 8 point font text is arranged in a double column format with references at the bottom of the page. You can underline with pencils and ball-point pens. Pens will dent the pages and sometimes skip. Pencils do the same. I wouldn't buy this with the intentions of putting a bunch of notes in it. I found that underlining is very doable, but note taking would be tough. Wet highlighters wont work, but dry ones and sharpies will. There are no maps, concordance, or any other helps. The Bible would be too heavy if it did have them.
If you are in the market for a very tough Bible that will live up to your active life, then this is the Bible for you. Clearly printed font, no ghosting, rugged, and practical, this Bible is perfect for extreme applications. Take it anywhere and no worries.
This Bible is sturdy, which is great for kids. However, I was disappointed that it had no maps, no concordance, no references of any kind. My kids were also very disappointed, because we really use the maps to help them understand, and I was teaching them to use the concordance to find topics. It does work well in wet environments as advertised though, and working at a pool, that is a plus.
The product is what I expected, and I went with this webiste because it was the best price. However I had a name added to the Waterproof Bible I ordered as a gift to my sister and I was some what disappointed in the name - it wasn't all there and some letters were not completely legible. Other than wishing the name looked better it was a good buy. I will actually be ordering another one for my husband but just won't spend the extra for the name - plus the context of what's inside is what is really important!