The Story of St. Valentineby Cheryl Odden
38 pages, Biography/History
Reviewed by Nienna
Great family book, especially for Valentine's Day.
PlotBefore there were cards and candied hearts, there was a man named Valentine who dared to defy the emperor of Rome. When Emperor Claudius outlawed marriage, Father Valentine performed wedding ceremonies anyway. Not unexpectedly, the Emperor confronted Valentine about the weddings and Valentine's belief in Jesus.
MoralityVery Biblical. Marriage, obeying God rather than man, loving no other god, and loving enemies are all strongly upheld.
Spiritual ContentThe Bible is mentioned, as well as the fact that Jesus is the Son of God and the Savior.
ViolenceValentine is executed. There is an illustration of him on the ground with a soldier raising a sword above his head. It is stated that some Christians today are arrested for telling others about Jesus.
Drug and Alcohol ContentNone.
Crude or Profane Language or ContentNone.
ConclusionWhile not much is known for sure about the real St. Valentine, this book tells the most likely story well. It teaches some history, as well as correct views of marriage and being bold in Christ. It also includes a couple of pages about persecuted Christians today.
|Written for Age:||5-7|
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