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Bracha Goetz was pursuing power and privilege, when she says she met God at a garden party.

Bracha Goetz is the Harvard-educated author of 38 books that help children’s souls shine.  She is also the author of the candid memoir for adults about overcoming food addictions joyfully, Searching for God in the Garbage.

In 1977, Bracha was an undergrad at Harvard University. “I looked like a rising success story,” she told me. She had always wanted to rub elbows with the elite families of the world.

Finally, she received an invitation to an exclusive garden party.  At first, she was dazzled, but after only a few minutes, she asked herself this one question. “Is this it?” She noted that, after climbing to her perceived pinnacle of success, there was no there, there.

When a sudden rainstorm blew through the party, Bracha was elated. “I skipped through the rain to my dorm room,” she says. “I learned that there was really nothing much up there on the highest peak that I had been striving to reach.”

That day was a turning point in in Bracha’s journey. That summer, she took what was supposed to be a short trip to Israel. There, she met a spiritual teacher, was introduced to her husband, and had children.

As her children played, Bracha sat in her garden and wrote out her first children’s book. She mailed the loose-leaf notebook paper to a publisher, who accepted it immediately. Since then, she has written 38 books for children.

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