Thursday, February 18, 2010

Bardin Marsee’s NIV Waterproof Bible - Review

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Have you ever been in situation where you wished you had a waterproof Bible?  I have been hiking on the Appalachian Trail with Fred, and the rainy weather did not permit me to pull out my paper Bible (not without it sustaining some damage, anyway).  There are innumerable other instances where a waterproof Bible would be so useful.

Michael Marsee and his friends Bobby and Anna Bardin have had the same experiences.  They decided to take some action and find an answer.  The result is Bardin and Marsee Publishing’s Waterproof Bible.  The company’s tagline is ‘Be Inspired Anywhere.’

I saw the Waterproof Bible recently on and was amazed at the concept.  I made contact with Michael Marsee, to see if he would be willing to send me a copy for review purposes.  I provided my blog address.  When I did receive the Waterproof Bible, it was obvious to me that he had taken a look at my blog; he sent me the Pink Floral version!

Please take a look at this video of the Waterproof Bible on the top of Mount Washington, then people’s reaction at a display at Catalyst:

The Waterproof Bible is incredible!  It is 100% waterproof inside and out.  The pages are made of a thin plastic; its cover is plastic as well.  One can underline in it with a ballpoint pen or highlight with a dry highlighter.   It is waterproof, rugged, and tear resistant.  The binding appears as though it will withstand many years of use.  It is as solid in construction as it is in content (the Word of God, after all!).  The Bible is no heavier than a Study Bible – 2.8 pounds.  The Waterproof Bible is currently available in the following translations: New International Version, New American Standard Version and the King James Version.

I have spent the last couple weeks checking it out.  I have put the Waterproof Bible through the wringer – literally!  I did something that I don’t ordinarily do for testing purposes; I took a bubble bath.  The Bible came through perfectly.  I also took it with me when Fred and I headed out to Lakeshore Park with our two English cocker spaniels, Toby and Shelby.  Not surprisingly, in Michigan in February, it was a snowy day.  I intentionally dropped the Bible in the snow; I was able to wipe it off with no adverse effects.

This is taken from the Barden Marsee website FAQs page:

What are your future plans for your company?
We plan on learning and growing in our ability to operate a publishing company that brings glory to God and encouragement to the world. God has given both of us a heart for experiencing God in his natural creation and we want to continue to publish inspirational writings and scripture that are waterproof, durable, and tear-resistant, as well as keep our eyes, heart, and minds open for God's directing.
And this is from their Mission page:
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 and lightweight, dry quickly, are much stronger than paper, and adapts 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.
Wherever life takes you - carry the Waterproof Bible or THE OUTDOOR BIBLE and Be Inspired. Anywhere.
Their hearts are definitely geared toward getting the Gospel to all creation.  In fact, for every Waterproof Bible purchased on their website, a Waterproof Bible will be given to a person who is without.

I am so grateful for these folks to have taken the initiative to design and produce this amazing product.  The more that God’s Word is shared in the world – land, air, and sea – the better this world will be!

This Waterproof Bible was generously provided to me by Michael Marsee of Bardin Marsee Publishing for review purposes.


Jodi Whisenhunt said...

How cool! Sounds good for kids too!

Andrea Schultz said...

Jodi -

It would be great for kids! They can slop all the PB&J they want on it!
: ) And it would last them a good long time!


Barbara E Brink said...

I'd never thought about needing a water-proof Bible before I read your post, but you were very convincing:) As a good Baptist, I probably already have more Bibles than a third world country, but not a water-proof one. Thanks for the tip.

Andrea Schultz said...

Hi Barbara -

I know what you mean about having lots of Bibles. But this one is special - and you're welcome for the tip!

Blessings -


Gabriel said...


My name is Gabriel Amick and I was happy to read your blog about this durable Bible! I am with a ministry called Gospel for America ( and we are selling these waterproof Bibles for $40 for a "profit" of $20 which is all (100%) going to a fund so we can have these Bibles printed in the language of indigenous missionaries who NEED a durable waterproof Bible to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ! I pray we may be able to speak with you about this mission!! Please call me... 303.842.2152 or

Love in Christ,

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