Living and Leading by Design is an ongoing work approaching challenging life issues from a very pragmatic family friendly position, providing a transformational model for families facing disabilities and traumatic life issues. In today’s world, many families find themselves facing emotionally traumatic events with ever increasing frequency. This five part series tackles hard hitting behavioral issues from a solution focused world view that’s refreshingly faith-based. The straight forward and familiar context makes complex counseling concepts easy to understand and apply. This behavioral motivational system builds on holistic, biblically based, interventions; capable of providing person-centered cognitive healing from traumatic life issues. A strong creation base, recognizable points of reference and a viable clinical pastoral approach combine to foster measurable, repeatable and sustainable outcomes, throughout all phases of life. The intrigue of familiar characters, from the Wizard of Oz, provide a profound realization of the effects traumatic life events actually have on family’s mental health; provoking readers to rethink their approach to emotionally traumatic experiences. A new and insightfully empowering way to look at out of control behavior is also explored. Providing families with real tools, understanding behavior is communication and actually offering practical interventions capable of transforming difficult behaviors. There’s also an engaging true story embedded in this work, speaking volumes about the hope available through forgiveness, for families facing traumatic life events of the worst kind. The discovery process is non threatening allowing for natural engagement. A healthy realization and embracement of humanity being fearfully and wonderfully made encourages everyone to learn how to Live and Lead By Design. There’s also a Good Grief Yellow Brick Road providing clarification, leading followers out of the trauma trap, establishing clear grief work paths that lead to emotional healing. There is so much more to The Living and Leading by Design model, but these time- tested concepts are the foundation for the family support system of care that’s espoused at Joshua’s Friends for Exceptional Families. Inc. and Your Best Life Now Counseling. As each part of The Living and Leading by Design model becomes available, be sure to share it with families facing challenging life issues. Emotionally traumatic events can be devastating if left unaddressed. “Don’t worry time heals all things,” is one of the biggest lies ever perpetrated on modern society. For families looking for tools to address emotionally traumatic events like: abuse, tragic loses, clinical depression, addictive and maladaptive behavior issues, learning disorders, traumatic brain injuries and developmental, as well as, emotional disorders, then this transformational model is a must! If knowledge is power then understanding is empowerment. And empowering families to live beyond disabilities and traumatic life issues is what Joshua’s Friends is all about. May you discover a family system and model of care that emboldens families to experience Christ compassion as a shared reality.