Bo Giertz’s new novel (revised)

As I posted a while back ago, our friend on this blog Bror Erickson has translated a book by the Swedish Christian novelist Bo Giertz, The Knights of Rhodes. In my review, I complained about the large number of typographical and other errors. After corresponding with Bror, I agreed to correct the mistakes. So now, available on Amazon.com is a NEW edition of the novel. This is the one you need to get. I’ll repeat my review to remind you why:

Bo Giertz (1905-1998) was a confessional, orthodox Lutheran bishop in the Church of Sweden. He was also a notable novelist. Many of you have doubtless read Hammer of God, about three generations of pastors, each facing the various challenges to the Gospel of each era. That novel has been a life-changer for many readers.

Now, at long last, another Giertz novel has been translated into English, The Knights of Rhodes.

It’s a historical novel about the Knights Hospitaller and the siege of Rhodes. The Hospitallers started as a hospital order–which remained a part of their ministry–but they became a military order during the Crusades. Think monks–complete with vows of celibacy, poverty, and obedience, as well as performing the daily liturgies–plus swords and cannons. This novel is set in the 16th century, with the knights in their formidable citadel on the island of Rhodes having to face the Turkish empire under the young sultan Suleiman, beginning his plan to conquer Europe.

The characters come alive and stay in the mind. The battle sequences are thrilling. The spiritual complexities are fascinating.

The Knights of Rhodes is not as pre-occupied with theological issues as Hammer of God, at least not on the surface. And yet, even this story of Roman Catholic monastic knights is full of what Luther was preaching about the same time as the Turkish invasion. The characters have piety of various kinds, but in a climate of sin, violence, betrayals, and the competition of a triumphant Islam, they need to discover Jesus and the Theology of the Cross.

Not only all of this, but the translator is our own Bror Erickson, frequent commenter on this blog. Let’s give it the Amazon bomb treatment, buying it up and advancing its sales ranking (currently in the 800,000s) to attract other people’s attention to it.

Buy it by clicking the links and this blog will get a cut of the proceeds, which will go towards the expenses run up by this little venture  (paying for the server, the software, etc.).


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About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://simonpotamos.wordpress.com Tapani Simojoki

    So is the product that comes up on Amazon definitely the revised version? There’s no note to the effect on Amazon’s site. Are there two different versions on sale, or is it just the one?

  • http://simonpotamos.wordpress.com Tapani Simojoki

    So is the product that comes up on Amazon definitely the revised version? There’s no note to the effect on Amazon’s site. Are there two different versions on sale, or is it just the one?

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    This is a print on demand outfit, so the version they are printing should be the corrected edition. A tip-off to make sure you have the right version will be a new introduction that thanks me for working on it. Right, Bror?

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    This is a print on demand outfit, so the version they are printing should be the corrected edition. A tip-off to make sure you have the right version will be a new introduction that thanks me for working on it. Right, Bror?

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Dr. Veith,
    Yes that is correct, and thank you again for your work.
    It might also help to post this review to Amazon.com on the books page.
    Being as it was print on demand, and it takes so long to get your book on Amazon, the publisher just switched out the typeset. So there is only one version for sale.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Dr. Veith,
    Yes that is correct, and thank you again for your work.
    It might also help to post this review to Amazon.com on the books page.
    Being as it was print on demand, and it takes so long to get your book on Amazon, the publisher just switched out the typeset. So there is only one version for sale.

  • http://simonpotamos.wordpress.com Tapani Simojoki

    Thanks.

  • http://simonpotamos.wordpress.com Tapani Simojoki

    Thanks.

  • http://www.lsfpgh.com/about-bo-giertz Eric R. Andrae

    When you go the Amazon link and then take a “look inside!” the book, the preface (introduction) is from 2009 and does not mention Veith. I’m going to buy the revised edition, but I can’t do so until I’m 100% sure that it is indeed the new one. How can we be sure?

  • http://www.lsfpgh.com/about-bo-giertz Eric R. Andrae

    When you go the Amazon link and then take a “look inside!” the book, the preface (introduction) is from 2009 and does not mention Veith. I’m going to buy the revised edition, but I can’t do so until I’m 100% sure that it is indeed the new one. How can we be sure?

  • Bryan Lindemood

    I’m going to finish reading my rare 1st edition copy. Perhaps I can gift this 2nd edition. Go Bror!

  • Bryan Lindemood

    I’m going to finish reading my rare 1st edition copy. Perhaps I can gift this 2nd edition. Go Bror!

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Eric,
    Amazon is a strange creature. The page for a book takes weeks, 8 weeks, from when the book is first published to be set up. Wipf and Stock has changed the Typeset, and the books being printed now are the new versions. It is print on demand. So when you order, it is a new version that is ordered from Amazon. Despite the old page which has not been updated.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Eric,
    Amazon is a strange creature. The page for a book takes weeks, 8 weeks, from when the book is first published to be set up. Wipf and Stock has changed the Typeset, and the books being printed now are the new versions. It is print on demand. So when you order, it is a new version that is ordered from Amazon. Despite the old page which has not been updated.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    That is the old Amazon page.
    Though i will be working on this.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    That is the old Amazon page.
    Though i will be working on this.

  • http://scottishlutheran.blogspot.com Michael Keith

    The new edition of The Hammer of God from Augsburg had terrible typos. In some cases I had to go back to my old edition to make sense of the sentence. I have not done my annual re-read of Hammer yet this summer…. I will get to it….but the typos are a real frustration.

  • http://scottishlutheran.blogspot.com Michael Keith

    The new edition of The Hammer of God from Augsburg had terrible typos. In some cases I had to go back to my old edition to make sense of the sentence. I have not done my annual re-read of Hammer yet this summer…. I will get to it….but the typos are a real frustration.

  • http://scottishlutheran.blogspot.com Michael Keith

    I also meant to mention– I will go and purchase the new book by Giertz right now :-)

  • http://scottishlutheran.blogspot.com Michael Keith

    I also meant to mention– I will go and purchase the new book by Giertz right now :-)

  • http://www.lsfpgh.com/about-bo-giertz Eric R. Andrae

    If any of you want an exhaustive list of all the errors in The Hammer of God (2005), let me know and I will email you the Word doc.

  • http://www.lsfpgh.com/about-bo-giertz Eric R. Andrae

    If any of you want an exhaustive list of all the errors in The Hammer of God (2005), let me know and I will email you the Word doc.

  • http://scottishlutheran.blogspot.com Michael Keith

    I purchased the new Giertz book…. I tried to buy it through the link you gave Dr. Veith – but I had to go to amazon.ca….sorry!

    Eric, I would be interested in the list of errors you mentioned. Thanks!

    mlkluther@hotmail.com

  • http://scottishlutheran.blogspot.com Michael Keith

    I purchased the new Giertz book…. I tried to buy it through the link you gave Dr. Veith – but I had to go to amazon.ca….sorry!

    Eric, I would be interested in the list of errors you mentioned. Thanks!

    mlkluther@hotmail.com

  • http://www.lsfpgh.com/about-bo-giertz Eric R. Andrae

    Michael, I will email it to you in a few mins. If anyone else wants it, please contact me directly.

  • http://www.lsfpgh.com/about-bo-giertz Eric R. Andrae

    Michael, I will email it to you in a few mins. If anyone else wants it, please contact me directly.

  • Tony Houlbrooke

    Is there any possibility of this being available as an ebook? Hammer of God is though restricted to US … its hard when you live down under.

  • Tony Houlbrooke

    Is there any possibility of this being available as an ebook? Hammer of God is though restricted to US … its hard when you live down under.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Tony, it is something I have been considering, but I don’t as of yet know.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Tony, it is something I have been considering, but I don’t as of yet know.

  • Tony Houlbrooke

    Bror
    Thanks for the response. I have “To live with Christ” ebook (from Mobipocket) and it is quite the most outstanding devotional/instructional book I have ever experienced.

  • Tony Houlbrooke

    Bror
    Thanks for the response. I have “To live with Christ” ebook (from Mobipocket) and it is quite the most outstanding devotional/instructional book I have ever experienced.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Tony, thanks for the feedback on “To Live with Christ”. I’m hoping for a revised edition of that also. But I have to agree with you, phenomenal.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Tony, thanks for the feedback on “To Live with Christ”. I’m hoping for a revised edition of that also. But I have to agree with you, phenomenal.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Looks like we sold a few copies yesterday! Thank You!

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Looks like we sold a few copies yesterday! Thank You!

  • http://snafman.blogspot.com Snafu

    I read the book in Finnish earlier this summer. It was great, in many ways even better than the Hammer or God. One amazing fact, also told in the book: the Hospitalliers lost most of their soldiers (originally 5000-6000), only 1500 men surviving, if I remember right. However, the Turks lost tens of thousands soldiers. From military history I know that it’s more difficult to invade than to defend, but this was indeed remarkable. Tells something about the quality of these men….

  • http://snafman.blogspot.com Snafu

    I read the book in Finnish earlier this summer. It was great, in many ways even better than the Hammer or God. One amazing fact, also told in the book: the Hospitalliers lost most of their soldiers (originally 5000-6000), only 1500 men surviving, if I remember right. However, the Turks lost tens of thousands soldiers. From military history I know that it’s more difficult to invade than to defend, but this was indeed remarkable. Tells something about the quality of these men….

  • jennifer

    Can you please give an idea of what age range this book would be appropriate for? Is it ok for, say, 12 year olds? or would the content be either A) above their heads or B) too graphic. My 12 year old boy enjoys historical fiction, we’re studying this time period, but didn’t really cover the siege of Rhodes. He enjoys Henty novels and has read The Lord of the Rings. Would the reading level be comparable? Or should I hold off for a few years. the book sounds fascinating.
    Thanks.

  • jennifer

    Can you please give an idea of what age range this book would be appropriate for? Is it ok for, say, 12 year olds? or would the content be either A) above their heads or B) too graphic. My 12 year old boy enjoys historical fiction, we’re studying this time period, but didn’t really cover the siege of Rhodes. He enjoys Henty novels and has read The Lord of the Rings. Would the reading level be comparable? Or should I hold off for a few years. the book sounds fascinating.
    Thanks.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Jennifer,if your twelve year old could read LOR, then he could handle this book.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Jennifer,if your twelve year old could read LOR, then he could handle this book.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Some friends are telling me that they have still received the older version from Amazon. My publisher tells me that is because Amazon still has/ had some old copies around. I’m not sure what to do about that but tell you to send them back if you get the older version or keep it and order a new one. you may also order from the publisher.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Some friends are telling me that they have still received the older version from Amazon. My publisher tells me that is because Amazon still has/ had some old copies around. I’m not sure what to do about that but tell you to send them back if you get the older version or keep it and order a new one. you may also order from the publisher.


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