The Story of St. Valentine

by Cheryl Odden
38 pages, Biography/History
Reviewed by Nienna

Great family book, especially for Valentine's Day.


Before 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.


Very Biblical. Marriage, obeying God rather than man, loving no other god, and loving enemies are all strongly upheld.

Spiritual Content

The Bible is mentioned, as well as the fact that Jesus is the Son of God and the Savior.


Valentine 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 Content


Sexual Content


Crude or Profane Language or Content



While 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.

Fun Score: 4.5
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 5-7

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