North America

Desmond Doss Council produces Bible study guide as a follow up to the film, “Hacksaw Ridge”

Dick Stenbakken, who served in the U.S. Army as an active chaplain, authored the booklet.

Silver Spring, Maryland, United States | North American Division Staff

The Desmond Doss Council is preparing to mail a Bible study booklet to all Seventh-day Adventist churches in North America as an opportunity to follow up on the Hollywood movie, "Hacksaw Ridge," about Desmond Doss and his heroism on Okinawa, Japan. 

“Beyond Hacksaw Ridge: An Order of Battle,” is a 32-page study guide with unique World War II stories that lead into an easy-to-follow Bible study with follow-up discussion questions for individuals and groups.
The Doss Council asked Dick Stenbakken, Ed.D., to author the booklet. Stenbakken served 24 years on active duty as an Army Chaplain, retiring as a full Colonel. His experiences in the Army included a year of combat in Vietnam, assignment at the Army Chief of Chaplain's office (in charge of marriage and family life ministries for the Army), and service as Chaplain for the 4th Infantry Division. Following his military career, he served as director of Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries at the world headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

In writing the booklet, Stenbakken’s goal was to prepare materials that would catch and hold interest while at the same time be very user-friendly. 

"What I intended to do is a presentation of Christianity 101 with the assumption that many people who will see the movie might have limited, if any, exposure to the Bible. The goal is to engage readers with the WWII stories, then transition into biblical materials that are applicable to everyday life," he said. 

There are eight studies in the booklet. Two tear-out response cards for the Discover Bible Course will be included. Sample booklets and suggestions on how to do a follow-up program using the Desmond Doss documentary, the new booklet, and other materials will be in the mail soon, according to the Doss Council.  

The booklet will provide a simple and comfortable way to contact friends, neighbors, co-workers, and others and invite them to local showings of the Desmond Doss documentary, "The Conscientious Objector."  

"The film and documentary provide a unique opportunity to reach out to our local communities with compelling stories and materials," said Stenbakken.

— Click here for more information about the “Beyond Hacksaw Ridge: An Order of Battle” booklet.