What can your Bible handle? Can it withstand the onslaught of a toddler’s peanut butter hands?  What about youth group soda spills, mommy coffee accidents, mud, or rain?

I was very excited to receive a Waterproof Bible from Bardin & Marsee Publishing because I wanted to test out how it would work for a busy family.

Not only was this Bible going to get the water test that I had seen on YouTube and other blogs, it was going to go up against some common culprits of Bible damage that our family has dished out.

About the NIV Waterproof Bible

The Waterproof Bible is made of durable synthetic pages that are stain resistant and do not bleed through.

We received the NIV Pink & Brown Floral Bibleisn’t it pretty?  There are several other translations and colors available, including the one I want to buy for Jay – the ESV version in camoflauge.

The dimensions of the Bible are 5 7/8″ by 8 3/4″ which is a little big for carrying in a purse but works perfect for a backpack.

The packaging on the Bible says it is 100% worry free – something that we wanted to put to the test.

Testing the Waterproof Bible’s Durability

At first, I was afraid to even get this Bible wet.  My brain kept telling me “this is paper!” and “don’t mess up the Bible!” but I watched a few videos on YouTube of people completely submerging these Waterproof Bibles in swimming pools and decided that it was ok to get them wet.

Raven and I decided to test out the Bible for some of the most common stains in our house – peanut butter, soda (all liquids really but soda is sticky and hard to get off paper), water, and mud.

So how did the pages stand up to our abuse?


  • No stickiness, soaking, or staining!  The soda wiped right up and didn’t leave behind any sticky residue.


  • Mud didn’t stand a chance against this Bible.  We tried to rub it in dry and wet – it came right off with a damp rag.

Peanut Butter

  • I thought that the fatty oils in peanut butter would smear and stain the pages, or leave an oily mark.  The inside of the cover does say that petroleum based products can stain the ink.  The peanut butter wiped right off – we were successful with both a wet paper towel and baby wipes.


  • The real test came when we poured water onto the inside of the Bible and then let it dry. At first, the pages stuck together but as it dried they became crisp and completely usable once again.

Here is a video of us testing out the Bible:

You can officially call this Bible mommy tested, kid approved!

Who Could Use A Waterproof Bible?

One of the things I love about this Bible is how versatile it is.  Raven has been taking it to youth group every week and I use it for my morning readings with coffee.  I don’t have to worry about leaving it sitting out and the toddler getting his dingy fingers on it.

When I started reading the description on the back of the packaging, I immediately thought about how awesome this Bible would be for deployed and training soldiers.  They could take a copy of God’s Word practically anywhere!

If you are thinking about Christmas gifts this year – you can use my code until December 31, 2012 and get free shipping on any order:


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Want to read what other families thought about the Waterproof Bible?  Check out Kris’ review over at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

Would you like to win the same Waterproof Bible that we reviewed?

Enter to win the NIV Pink & Brown Floral Waterproof Bible!  Use the Rafflecopter widget below – you must have a US or military address and be over 18 to enter.  Winner will be notified by email and must respond within 72 hours to claim their product.

Disclaimer: I received the Waterproof Bible for free and was compensated for the time and effort to review it.  All the opinions, stain tests, and comments are my own and I was not required to post a positive review.
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23 Responses to Durable Word of God – Waterproof Bible Review {NIV}

  1. I would use it on our constant hiking trips, camping, and more!

  2. cam says:

    Hey, in my house, just using it at the table is a serious hazard. haha! So mostly just around the house and outside on the patio for those nice-weather morning devotion times. I would love to win this! Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. My house, too, Cam. If someone knocks my bible off the end table, it’s usually accompanied by coffee or water. It would also be great for traveling for the same reasons.

  4. Rev.Sudhir s.N.Lal says:

    I am interested to receive the bibles for my children and staff.

  5. Anita says:

    I would use my Waterproof Bible EVERYwhere… but especially at the table during meals and in the tub (near the tub) when I grant myself the luxury of having a bath. 🙂

  6. heather says:

    It would be great for our roadtrips.

  7. Guest says:

    everywhere… life is messy!

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  10. Lisa says:

    I would love to use it anytime. I have two kids under 3 and I can never get my bible out to read while they are up with out risking it getting stained or ripped and I want to be a good example to my kiddos – I want them to see mama reading the Bible from an early age.

  11. Pam Moser says:

    I would use it anywhere that normally I’m afraid my Bible will get “messed up”. I just think that it is so cool. It gives you some physical freedom, but doesn’t take away from the respect. Thanks for the review & the opportunity!

  12. Jennifer says:

    This Bible would be great to use anywhere! Between our homeschooling and our travels, we are always on the go!!

  13. Rebecca Ray says:

    I’d actually give it to my five year old daughter, knowing that she’d be able to carry it outside and to church and to tea parties with her dolls without being able to tear it up

  14. Heather Roberts says:

    I would use the Waterproof Bible to turn my mornings with coffee into an extra time for devotional reading. :]

  15. Sandra says:

    I’d use my waterproof Bible in my diaper bag. We have a new baby and seem to have a lot of spit up AND spills lately 🙂 My husband has a couple of manly Bibles like this, but I love LOVE the pretty pink & brown one, which must be a new design, I think. 😉

  16. Devina says:

    Ohh, I could definitely use this! I hate dirty fingerprints on my Bible!! I also have a very curious boy…he’s 3…and he is a ball of evergy!

  17. Mar says:

    I had no idea waterproof bibles existed. I lost one leaving it out in the rain. My current bible is full of coffee stains and some snacking while reading fingerprints.

  18. I would use a Waterproof Bible everywhere—but especially when we’re traveling for specialist and therapy appointments!

  19. Becky Milstead says:

    We would use the Bible for homeschool. We could use it at home and where ever we decide to go. 🙂

  20. Heather says:

    I could read my Bible in the bath with this one!

  21. Tirza Cordova says:

    Will love to have one to take it on my mission trips

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