I'm Bob Kaku. I was born in Kyushu, Southwest Japan. I live in the San
Francisco Bay Area and graduated from the University of California at
Berkeley. I work in information technology and specialize in Data Architecture
and Business Intelligence. I'm married to Gail.
My goals in life were to become successful in my career and to get married. I prided myself as being a man of the world. I'd try to show the boys that I could "talk the talk, walk the walk," and hold my own in liquor.
After graduating college, I met an intelligent, well-educated, and attractive woman. About our fourth date, she couldn't see me any more. "WHY?" I asked.
"You're not a Christian," she replied.
I quickly responded, "I 'believe in god,' my philosophy of life was very similar to the Christian ways - 'do unto others...' "
I managed to hang on to the relationship for several more months until she shot me another zinger. "I can't see you anymore."
"OK, you win, I'll become a Christian." I started going to church to please my girlfriend. I met new friends. This isn't so bad. Then my girlfriend wanted me to go a weekly Bible study. Once again, anything for her.
One Sunday, the pastor's words resonated inside me. "God not only loves you, but likes you. . ." I had always had trouble with the "love" word but could understand it in the context of a man loving a woman or even a parent loving his or her child. But God loving me or me loving God? I couldn't fathom it. However, I could understand the concept of "liking." I asked myself, "If someone knew everything about me, how could anybody like me?"
Even if a person had lived a life of crime, God was always willing to give a person a second chance if they repent. These words altered my perception of God. I wrestled with the thoughts for several weeks. Then one church service, an invitation was given to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Something welled up inside me and compelled to go forward. I received Jesus into our life. My relationship with my girlfriend didn't work out, but God had other plans for me. Several years later, I met my wife, Gail. Details are in the book below.
I became a Christian, I still drank excessively. I liked Scotch and
Bourbon whiskies, Long Island Ice Teas (full of rum), and vodka cocktails.
You name it, I drank it.
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