What? A waterproof Bible? Whoever heard of such? I hadn’t, but as soon as I did, I wanted one for Josh, who, by the way, had heard of such. His best friend has one, apparently, and Josh thought it was pretty cool.
So, why on Earth would anyone need a waterproof Bible? It’s not like you’re going to swim with it, right? Well, you could, but my reasoning involved one word: Boys.
Boys are rough on stuff and, while Josh has always respected the sacredness of the Bible as opposed to other books (I mean, seriously, he’s known there was something different about the Bible since before he was two. I think it’s the “preacher’s kid” blood in his veins), he’s still a boy.
The first reason I thought a Waterproof Bible might be handy is in the name: waterproof. Josh wouldn’t be the first person to spill a drink on his Bible and those onionskin pages don’t react very well to spills. With the Waterproof Bible, though, spills bead up like rainwater on a well-waxed car (like Brian’s Mustang, not my 12-year-old mini-van). See?
You just wipe it off with a towel – or, if you’re a boy, your shirttail – and it’s good to go. The pages don’t crinkle or warp. They’re just the same as if the spill never happened.
Think of all the other possibilities – a rainy camp-out, poolside (imagine how many curious kids would be willing to hear the Word of God if Josh carried his Bible into the pool), at the beach, in a snow fort (not that we’d know much about that here in the south, but there was that one year), or the kitchen table with a glass of pink lemonade.
I know you’re wondering what the pages are made of if not that onionskin stuff, right? It’s a 100% synthetic that feels almost fabric – kind of like a dollar bill, but waxier. All I know is, these pages are tough. I couldn’t bring myself to try very hard to tear them – it’s still a Bible – but they’re durable.
The durability of the pages means that the reader doesn’t have to be as cautious as he’d have to be with a traditional Bible. That means it can be tossed in a backpack for school or camp, taken hiking or mountain biking so it can be read in one of those gorgeous spots that you have to work to get to, sent to a loved on in the military, or taken anywhere else you can think to go.
That’s why the Waterproof Bible was developed – so that it could be taken into all of God’s creation without worry about climate or conditions.
Because they are thicker than your average Bible pages, the print is on the small side, but not unbelievably so. Josh was a little disappointed that Jesus’ words aren’t in red in the Waterproof Bible like they are in his other Bible, but it’s still his new favorite for family Bible study.
Highlight and Write
Because the pages are synthetic, you might wonder if you can write or highlight in a Waterproof Bible. You can! You can use a dry highlighter – which I use in my regular Bible, anyway – pens, pencils, or colored pencils.
My dry highlighter did great. The ink from my gel pen did smudge a bit, even though I let it dry for a few seconds before testing it, but a regular ballpoint pen didn’t smudge at all. And, after a few minutes the smudges from the gel ink wiped away without smudging the rest of the writing.
The Waterproof Bible comes in a variety of translations and colors. Of course, my boy had to have the camouflage Bible, but they’re also available in pink and blue or with customizable jackets. Imprints are optional, as well.
Available translations include:
There are complete Old and New Testament versions and versions with the New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs. If you’ve got a boy (or girl or spouse) who would enjoy the confidence of a worry-free Waterproof Bible, you can use the coupon code freeship10 to get free shipping from now until December 31, 2012.
The Waterproof Bible folks are allowing me to give away one camouflage Bible like the one we received! Follow the directions on the RaffleCopter widget below to enter. You can also visit These Temporary Tents for a chance to win a pink and brown waterproof Bible.
Rules: This giveaway is open to United States and military addresses only. You must be 18 years or older to enter. Giveaway ends at on Friday, October 12. The winner will be selected at random using Random.org via RaffleCopter.
The winner will notified via email and given 72 hours to respond. You must enter a valid email address to win. In the event that the winner cannot be contacted by email or does not respond within 72 hours, the prize will be forfeited and and alternate winner selected.
Click to read the complete rules. By entering this giveaway, you indicate that you have read and agreed to abide by these rules.
I received this product free for the purpose of reviewing it. I also received monetary compensation for the time invested in writing the review and administering the giveaway. The opinions expressed are my personal, honest opinions. Your experience may vary. Please read my full disclosure policy for more details.