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Insecure’s Yvonne Orji uses a modern-day Biblical blueprint to candidly and humorously share the twists and turns that led her to success—and to inspire and empower readers to live their best lives. Yvonne Orji has never shied away from being unapologetically herself, and that includes being outspoken about her faith. Known for interpreting Biblical stories and metaphors to Insecure’s Yvonne Orji uses a modern-day Biblical blueprint to candidly and humorously share the twists and turns that led her to success—and to inspire and empower readers to live their best lives. Yvonne Orji has never shied away from being unapologetically herself, and that includes being outspoken about her faith. Known for interpreting Biblical stories and metaphors to fit current times, her humorous and accessible approach to faith leaves even non-believers inspired and wanting more. The way Yvonne sees it, God was the Sovereign Prankster long before Ashton Kutcher, running around getting folks punk’d—but in the best way possible. When she meditates on her own life—full of unanticipated roadblocks and unforeseen blessings—she realizes it’s one big testimony to how God tricked her into living out her wildest dreams. In BAMBOOZLED BY JESUS, a frank and fresh advice book, Orji takes readers on a journey through twenty life lessons, gleaned from her own experiences and her favorite source of inspiration: the Bible. She infuses wit and heart along with practical pointers—such as why being talented is not as sexy as being available, and how fear is similar to food poisoning—with the goal of helping others live the most fulfilling, audacious life possible. With bold authenticity and practical relatability, Orji will inspire everyone to catapult themselves out of the mundane and into the magnificent. BAMBOOZLED BY JESUS paints a powerful picture of what it means to say “yes” to your most rewarding life—no matter your beliefs.


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Insecure’s Yvonne Orji uses a modern-day Biblical blueprint to candidly and humorously share the twists and turns that led her to success—and to inspire and empower readers to live their best lives. Yvonne Orji has never shied away from being unapologetically herself, and that includes being outspoken about her faith. Known for interpreting Biblical stories and metaphors to Insecure’s Yvonne Orji uses a modern-day Biblical blueprint to candidly and humorously share the twists and turns that led her to success—and to inspire and empower readers to live their best lives. Yvonne Orji has never shied away from being unapologetically herself, and that includes being outspoken about her faith. Known for interpreting Biblical stories and metaphors to fit current times, her humorous and accessible approach to faith leaves even non-believers inspired and wanting more. The way Yvonne sees it, God was the Sovereign Prankster long before Ashton Kutcher, running around getting folks punk’d—but in the best way possible. When she meditates on her own life—full of unanticipated roadblocks and unforeseen blessings—she realizes it’s one big testimony to how God tricked her into living out her wildest dreams. In BAMBOOZLED BY JESUS, a frank and fresh advice book, Orji takes readers on a journey through twenty life lessons, gleaned from her own experiences and her favorite source of inspiration: the Bible. She infuses wit and heart along with practical pointers—such as why being talented is not as sexy as being available, and how fear is similar to food poisoning—with the goal of helping others live the most fulfilling, audacious life possible. With bold authenticity and practical relatability, Orji will inspire everyone to catapult themselves out of the mundane and into the magnificent. BAMBOOZLED BY JESUS paints a powerful picture of what it means to say “yes” to your most rewarding life—no matter your beliefs.

30 review for Bamboozled by Jesus: How God Tricked Me into the Life of My Dreams

  1. 4 out of 5

    Book Reviews by Tara aka Queen of Memoirs

    It took me close to a month to complete this book. That’s a long time for me. I usually complete a book in about a week. But I was kind burnt out from reading and I needed to slow down and take a break. So I read this book at a very slow pace. ⠀ Instead of writing a traditional review, I’ve decide to share some quick thoughts… ⠀ 1. This is a very entertaining, humorous and easy read. Definitely 5⭐️s. ⠀ 2. The way Yvonne interprets and modernizes stories of the Bible is witty and genius. ⠀ 3. This book i It took me close to a month to complete this book. That’s a long time for me. I usually complete a book in about a week. But I was kind burnt out from reading and I needed to slow down and take a break. So I read this book at a very slow pace. ⠀ Instead of writing a traditional review, I’ve decide to share some quick thoughts… ⠀ 1. This is a very entertaining, humorous and easy read. Definitely 5⭐️s. ⠀ 2. The way Yvonne interprets and modernizes stories of the Bible is witty and genius. ⠀ 3. This book is filled with page upon page of words-of-wisdom, without being preachy. Her delivery is welcoming. ⠀ 4. I found her life story inspiring. ⠀ 5. I recommend this book for everyone! It would also make a great gift for girls as young as middle school. If I had a teenage daughter this book would be required reading. ⠀ A few of my favorite quotes… ⠀ “Your feelings are like that shady uncle at the family reunion-they can’t always be trusted.” ⠀ “What you focus on will expand, and it will either enlarge your territory or deflate your drive.” ⠀ “Comparison is an enemy of progress. It steals your joy, frustrates your grace, and robs you of your peace.” ⠀ “If you’re only focused on what’s popular, you’re gonna miss out on doing what’s purposeful.” ⠀ So there you have it! My thoughts and some of my favorite quotes. I’m so glad I finally completed a book again😂. This was a good one!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tiasha ~ bachata.y.bengali

    This book is about countering imposter syndrome and striving for an incredible life, backed up by the knowledge that you were put on this earth to achieve your birthright of greatness. Keep your head held high boo, you deserve nothing but the best. Orji reminds us not to compromise on our career, home, and relationship ideals. My favorite part of this book was being able to consume stories from the Bible in humorous ways that showed the relevance to our everyday lives - Orji tied in parables wit This book is about countering imposter syndrome and striving for an incredible life, backed up by the knowledge that you were put on this earth to achieve your birthright of greatness. Keep your head held high boo, you deserve nothing but the best. Orji reminds us not to compromise on our career, home, and relationship ideals. My favorite part of this book was being able to consume stories from the Bible in humorous ways that showed the relevance to our everyday lives - Orji tied in parables with each of her life lessons. I will definitely be carrying these lessons with me throughout my life. I’m a huge fan of Yvonne Orji, whether it’s in her stand-up, or her role on the HBO series Insecure, so I jumped at the opportunity to review her new work! Her child of immigrants perspective in her comedy is of course relatable to me. Watching her on Insecure for the last five years has been life changing - seeing a Black woman thriving in a high position in a corporate setting, and seeing a Black woman be loved, especially by Black men and other poc, has been so healthy for me. Thank you to NetGalley for sending me the e-arc in exchange for an honest review!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ancillar

    A huge thanks to Worthy Publishing for my e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. I did scream when I saw the email because wow who wouldn’t? If you are expecting a book about a very perfect never stumbled and never failed a class human then this isn’t it! In Bamboozled by Jesus Yvonne takes us through lessons from her life infused with Biblical principles and yes it’s not one of those long, boring books that make you snore wild awake. The chapters are short (so perfect for me) and filled with wi A huge thanks to Worthy Publishing for my e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. I did scream when I saw the email because wow who wouldn’t? If you are expecting a book about a very perfect never stumbled and never failed a class human then this isn’t it! In Bamboozled by Jesus Yvonne takes us through lessons from her life infused with Biblical principles and yes it’s not one of those long, boring books that make you snore wild awake. The chapters are short (so perfect for me) and filled with wisdom and humor. You will be laughing, crying, nodding your head and low-key feel like you are having a conversation with your friend (Yvonne). She honestly depicts her journey from where she started from and where she is. Expect to be bamboozled on the detours she took from a child whose parents wanted her to be a doctor (get the book and call me out) to the well-traveled and respected comedian she is. If you have been struggling to trust God’s process GET this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    John

    +1 for her candor. It was good and writing style was probably 4* but I thought this was a good and transparent book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brezzylovesbooks

    Whether you are of faith or not, this book is a PERFECT read this summer. Yvonne puts into perspective how God meticulously put her in certain areas, around certain people, to not only learn a lesson but advance her career. Yvonne never compromised her faith and her goals for her career. She describes never using a curse word in her comedy shows and often faced criticism for choosing not to. We cant talk about Yvonne without talking about her Nigerian upbringing and the goal her parents wanted h Whether you are of faith or not, this book is a PERFECT read this summer. Yvonne puts into perspective how God meticulously put her in certain areas, around certain people, to not only learn a lesson but advance her career. Yvonne never compromised her faith and her goals for her career. She describes never using a curse word in her comedy shows and often faced criticism for choosing not to. We cant talk about Yvonne without talking about her Nigerian upbringing and the goal her parents wanted her to accomplish. She took the time to create distance from her family and the "haters," allowing her talent to grow. Yvonne states, "The moment you try to focus on someone else's focus, you've lost your magic.", Staying focus on the pace of your life will create a space for your magic to spark.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy E. Young

    This was my very first audiobook. I was not disappointed. I had to hear the author’s words in the author’s voice. She spit mad wisdom in such a short space! There were times when I wasn’t sure if she was reading her testimony or reading my mail. It really gave me strength as I listened during my commute home. I felt energized and a push to keep it moving. If you’re feeling despondent, low and on the verge of giving up, read or listen to this book. If this doesn’t get you hyped about your life and This was my very first audiobook. I was not disappointed. I had to hear the author’s words in the author’s voice. She spit mad wisdom in such a short space! There were times when I wasn’t sure if she was reading her testimony or reading my mail. It really gave me strength as I listened during my commute home. I felt energized and a push to keep it moving. If you’re feeling despondent, low and on the verge of giving up, read or listen to this book. If this doesn’t get you hyped about your life and what God is able to do if you keep hope alive, then I don’t know what will. Her humor and perspective on the characters in the “good book” as she calls it, will have you not only rolling on the floor laughing but pausing as you see your flaws in those who are now famous for their faith and courage in dire situations and circumstances. Go ahead, let God bamboozle you too boo. I am.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Abasifreke Ekpe

    In the opening pages of this book, Yvonne Orji insists this is not a self help book but… it is a self help book haha. It’s a book about how you, too, can learn to live the life of your dreams, i.e, get bamboozled by Jesus. Now I always begin self help book reviews with stating that I detest self help books. So there, now you know. But I really, really liked this book and I’m sure it’s because I really, really like Yvonne Orji. I love her fun personality, I love her humor, and I love her story. H In the opening pages of this book, Yvonne Orji insists this is not a self help book but… it is a self help book haha. It’s a book about how you, too, can learn to live the life of your dreams, i.e, get bamboozled by Jesus. Now I always begin self help book reviews with stating that I detest self help books. So there, now you know. But I really, really liked this book and I’m sure it’s because I really, really like Yvonne Orji. I love her fun personality, I love her humor, and I love her story. Her story is the American dream success story we all love to hear about. Her family came here as immigrants, she spent years in New York trying to break into the comedy scene, she’s been flat out broke with student loans and endless bills until finally catching her big break. And what’s more, she’s unapologetically a Christian. I am here for it all! So yeah, while I hate self help books, I enjoyed reading this book, and I enjoyed this book because I enjoyed hearing Yvonne’s story. I also liked that she incorporated scripture and pop culture references throughout her book. And although I did not seek out her book for advice, counsel, or tips, I did leave feeling encouraged and I hope others do as well.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Martha

    I picked up this book at a time when I needed to be bamboozled. I had never heard of the author, but I loved the title & cover. Whoa…. I needed her encouragement. I needed her stories. I laughed, cried & prayed over ideas in this book. My husband & I prayed over ideas in this book. I’m not one to write long reviews or share personal things on my reviews but if I could I would tell Yvonne “thank you. Thank you for putting some things into words to help me/us keep going. Because of your book I’m w I picked up this book at a time when I needed to be bamboozled. I had never heard of the author, but I loved the title & cover. Whoa…. I needed her encouragement. I needed her stories. I laughed, cried & prayed over ideas in this book. My husband & I prayed over ideas in this book. I’m not one to write long reviews or share personal things on my reviews but if I could I would tell Yvonne “thank you. Thank you for putting some things into words to help me/us keep going. Because of your book I’m waiting to be bamboozled instead of wallowing in an unfortunate job situation. I know you would say it’s God who gave you the words and I would say Amen! I know it was God who put this book into my hands literally a week before we were put in a difficult situation. Thank you my sister in Christ. we’re looking at starting new ventures & walking in faith.” I’ve recommended this to several friends & will probably have my teen daughter read this book later.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tamyka

    I really enjoyed this book. I wasn’t a fan before reading this book. I didn’t dislike her, I was just indifferent and didn’t know who she was as a person and who she was as a performer. Reading this book helped me see her as more authentic. I appreciated that she is so committed and true to her faith and seems to intentionally be living her purposes. I read the audiobook which she narrates and it just felt like I was meeting her at the airport while we waited for our delayed flights and she was I really enjoyed this book. I wasn’t a fan before reading this book. I didn’t dislike her, I was just indifferent and didn’t know who she was as a person and who she was as a performer. Reading this book helped me see her as more authentic. I appreciated that she is so committed and true to her faith and seems to intentionally be living her purposes. I read the audiobook which she narrates and it just felt like I was meeting her at the airport while we waited for our delayed flights and she was just talking to me sis to sis. I highly recommend this book to any of her fans, any lovers of Christ or Christianity, and any women out there just trying to make it do what it do!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Christie Maliyackel

    SO GOOD. Every page, every sentence is filled with inspiration, wisdom and humor. I was laughing out loud at parts, nodding to myself at others and shaking my head in amazement at various points. I could not recommend this book enough. UPDATE: Since finishing this book, I immediately popped on HBO Max to watch her comedy special - Momma, I Made It - and it is FIRE! I could NOT stop laughing. Highly recommend the comedy special as well! Why’d I pick this read? My friend recommended a Zoom program SO GOOD. Every page, every sentence is filled with inspiration, wisdom and humor. I was laughing out loud at parts, nodding to myself at others and shaking my head in amazement at various points. I could not recommend this book enough. UPDATE: Since finishing this book, I immediately popped on HBO Max to watch her comedy special - Momma, I Made It - and it is FIRE! I could NOT stop laughing. Highly recommend the comedy special as well! Why’d I pick this read? My friend recommended a Zoom program hosted by this author and Daniel Levy from Schitt’s Creek, which promoted this book. The icing on the cake is that the author is actually Molly from Insecure! (Took me a minute to piece that together.)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Evie Loves

    Love her! Love her comedy and her love for Jesus! This book (Yvonne) definitely inspired me! I loved her narration on the audio book. I watched Insecure and her HBO comedy special too and really enjoyed them both! I am looking forward to her future projects. Great book! I could read it again too.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Orsayor

    Review posted on my blog - www.bookreferees.org Review posted on my blog - www.bookreferees.org

  13. 4 out of 5

    Leanne

    Whip smart and laugh out loud funny.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Charnesia Jackson

    I actually enjoyed this audiobook and the fact that it was her in voice. There are words she includes in the flow of the audio that are not the exact same way in the book. I give it a solid 4, maybe even a 4.5. The biblical concepts and interpretations weren’t new knowledge for me, but I really appreciated reading about her relationship with the Lord and the evidence of that with her success. I’m at a place in my life where I am being pulled from religion telling me I have to have a relationship I actually enjoyed this audiobook and the fact that it was her in voice. There are words she includes in the flow of the audio that are not the exact same way in the book. I give it a solid 4, maybe even a 4.5. The biblical concepts and interpretations weren’t new knowledge for me, but I really appreciated reading about her relationship with the Lord and the evidence of that with her success. I’m at a place in my life where I am being pulled from religion telling me I have to have a relationship with God a specific and bounding way with others placing their convictions on me or else it won’t “work.” Yvonne was a breath of fresh air in reminding me to hold to YOUR convictions and be free in your relationship with Lord. And you know what, He was with her and led her all the way to her success in her own way. I love that God allows us to have and created us with our own personality, but the goal is to live a life with His character. Good read even if you’re not a religious person to not be bound by what you think your career path is supposed to be and follow your passion. Move beyond imposter syndrome, know your worth, and believe that you are worth it. You have something to offer the world and don’t settle for comfortable.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Pyramids Ubiquitous

    Yvonne Orji is a goddess. I'm not sure I've ever laid eyes and ears on someone who is so magnetic with every smile, every word, every motion. She's so funny, so intelligent, and all of these qualities flow through her writing, too. I'll be honest that I bought this book hoping to tap into the charisma that Yvonne has been blessed with in abundance. She checked me though and told me straight up that trying to be like her ain't it. Bamboozled by Jesus is all about helping people find comfort in bei Yvonne Orji is a goddess. I'm not sure I've ever laid eyes and ears on someone who is so magnetic with every smile, every word, every motion. She's so funny, so intelligent, and all of these qualities flow through her writing, too. I'll be honest that I bought this book hoping to tap into the charisma that Yvonne has been blessed with in abundance. She checked me though and told me straight up that trying to be like her ain't it. Bamboozled by Jesus is all about helping people find comfort in being themselves, and trusting in a greater purpose. For Yvonne, that greater purpose is provided by God, but the advice here is applicable to anyone, gnostic or otherwise. If you can't tell by the title, this book is all about her relationship with God and how she learned to trust God's plan for her. The true morsel of knowledge in here is that you have to be at peace with whatever life provides you. You can't be thinking about might've, could've, should've when those things don't exist. Be present in the reality you're living, not the one you're expected to live, and you will be so much more likely to find happiness.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    In Bamboozled by Jesus, Yvonne Orji tells the story of how her life and how God bamboozled her into living out her dreams. She revealed how she became a comedian and an actress on HBO’s show, Insecure. She stated how this book is a “Get Yours” book and not a self-help book. In the book she covered 25 lessons and divided into 5 sections, “The Burden, Building, Breakthrough, and Blessing”. She uses humor and personal stories to convey the secrets to living out your dreams. She begins the book by s In Bamboozled by Jesus, Yvonne Orji tells the story of how her life and how God bamboozled her into living out her dreams. She revealed how she became a comedian and an actress on HBO’s show, Insecure. She stated how this book is a “Get Yours” book and not a self-help book. In the book she covered 25 lessons and divided into 5 sections, “The Burden, Building, Breakthrough, and Blessing”. She uses humor and personal stories to convey the secrets to living out your dreams. She begins the book by sharing how in the beginning how she was conceived. Her parents already had three sons and they were done having kids. But then God had other plans. She jokes about how she was born holding her mother’s IUD in her hands. She explained how this was her experience with being bamboozled by Jesus. She also refers to how God is like a Sovereign Trickster sometimes acting like Ashton Kutcher in Punk’d. She revealed the do’s and don’t of getting bamboozled. One of the first rules was don’t check the fine print. She joked about how many people don’t read the two thousand pages on Apple’s terms and conditions before agree to them. She explained how that much attention to detail doesn’t help anybody. She then goes on to explain how she come to know Jesus and how many of us don’t read the fine print when we choose to follow Jesus or if we did some of us might jump the ship. She tells the story about how she was on the way to the club in her college days with her friend. But her friend wanted to go to the church before they hit up the club. She had also planned to wait until she turned 18 years old to lose her virginity and this was based on fear and not because of her faith. She was three months away and had already planned how she was going to lost it. God reached her and changed her mind and she decided to save it for marriage and at 37 years old she is still waiting. She was able to surrender her life to Jesus and be changed. She also looked at Joseph and retold the story in a modern twist and how he was bamboozled by Jesus. I would recommend this awesome humous book to anyone who is needing a good laugh. I also liked how she told the Biblical story in current times in order to provide some new insights and to also help readers to see the stories in a fresh preceptive. I enjoyed how funny she was and how added humor to her own life story. I loved how she related her lessons back to scriptures and teaching of Jesus. One of my favorite chapters was the one on how our haters will be our elevators. I liked how she shared how she overcame her own haters and what God has declared over our lives about how our enemies will be our footstools. I also liked the bamboozled beliefs special section in the back of the book to provide readers with a morning mantra to encourage them to keep chasing their dreams.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alissa

    Favorite book of 2021 and perhaps top ten of all time! I initially wasn't interested in reading this book. I havent been in a memoir-of-my-amazing-career mood lately (I blame the crushing hopelessness of this endless pandemic). I also haven't seen Insecure and didn't know who Yvonne Orji is. However, several weeks ago, my husband happened to see her interview on Good Morning America. He asked me if I'd heard of the book and said he thought I might like it. That piqued my interest, so I put the au Favorite book of 2021 and perhaps top ten of all time! I initially wasn't interested in reading this book. I havent been in a memoir-of-my-amazing-career mood lately (I blame the crushing hopelessness of this endless pandemic). I also haven't seen Insecure and didn't know who Yvonne Orji is. However, several weeks ago, my husband happened to see her interview on Good Morning America. He asked me if I'd heard of the book and said he thought I might like it. That piqued my interest, so I put the audio on hold with the library and it came available this week. Ya'll. I devoured this book in TWO days. In fact, after reading half of it, I decided borrowing the audiobook isn't enough. I needed to own the print version, so I immediately went to the store and bought it. Bamboozled by Jesus is SOOOOO good. It's a memoir with a ton of career advice - but also talks about the Bible in a funny, relatable, modern and *accurate* way without being preachy or divisive. Full disclosure: I am a lifetime church girl, Christian high school grad, read the entire Bible cover to cover last year, and even went to a literal Bible college for a year after HS. I am not exaggerating or being braggy when I say I know a lot about the Bible. I just do. And I was blown away by how theologically sound this book is. I've read books by famous Christians who don't seem to have as a good a grasp on the Word (or what she calls "Da Good Book) as Yvonne does. (I wanted to name a particular name, but my husband said I shouldn't haha). Yvonne tells the stories of how God has moved in her life and career. Then she lines it up with how God moved in the lives of people throughout the Bible. Listening to this book had me thinking about the ways God has moved in my own life. In fact, my husband and I talked for an hour last night just pointing out the different divine interventions we can remember and how way leads to way. Bamboozled by Jesus is inspiring and funny and probably super interesting to anyone who is a fan of hers. But even if you were like me and don't know who she is, I think you will like this book! I am certainly a new fan!! I read a ton of books. This is my 85th for the year! But this one is the one that is going to stay with me for a while.

  18. 5 out of 5

    robyn

    This was a kismet read for me. I had vaguely bookmarked a podcast Orji cohosted, without ever listening to it (I didn't know who Orji is), then this cover caught my eye and I skeptically downloaded the book from Audible - you can ALWAYS return it - not remembering that she had already crossed my radar. About an hour in, I was avidly listening with an attention that an audible book has to fight hard for. This is an excellent book. Mentally I'm comparing her to Lewis, not because she's a theologia This was a kismet read for me. I had vaguely bookmarked a podcast Orji cohosted, without ever listening to it (I didn't know who Orji is), then this cover caught my eye and I skeptically downloaded the book from Audible - you can ALWAYS return it - not remembering that she had already crossed my radar. About an hour in, I was avidly listening with an attention that an audible book has to fight hard for. This is an excellent book. Mentally I'm comparing her to Lewis, not because she's a theologian - she is not - but because she makes faith accessible to a modern listener in a way I think is very rare. She ALSO - as a person who's become very successful on the strength of their own talents - presents that success in a way that's palatable. It's so easy to be irritated when a person is thanking God for all His blessings, because it feels like a way of flashing that diamond to be sure that you notice it. She seamlessly weaves biblical stories, pop culture references (when she name-dropped Captain Planet I couldn't help laughing) and her own life. And because this is a recent release, she briefly mentions what we're all going through right now and in the past year. This is a story actually, really well told. I recommended this book to a friend whose trajectory reminds me of the one Orji describes, although at this point in time, my friend is at the nadir of what I hope will be a meteoric rise. I then had the satisfaction at a party, of overhearing her recommending the book to people. Not because it's a book about God but because it's a hopeful and fierce pep-talk for people who aren't catching the breaks but keep on trying. Highly recommend. I don't know how a non-Christian would feel about the book - it's not a book about God but it has a lot of God in it - but for me it was inspirational because so much of it is about showing up; being the person who wins because they've put in the work to get what they want. Plus, Orji is just an attractive voice; she reads this herself, and in places it's like having a friend in the room.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    Bamboozled by Jesus: How God Tricked Me into the Life of My Dreams by Yvonne Orji Published February 2, 2021 <3 Inspiring Yvonne Orji has never shied away from being unapologetically herself, and that includes being outspoken about her faith. Known for interpreting Biblical stories and metaphors to fit current times, her humorous and accessible approach to faith leaves even non-believers inspired and wanting more. The way Yvonne sees it, God is a Sovereign Prankster, punking folks long before Ashton Bamboozled by Jesus: How God Tricked Me into the Life of My Dreams by Yvonne Orji Published February 2, 2021 <3 Inspiring Yvonne Orji has never shied away from being unapologetically herself, and that includes being outspoken about her faith. Known for interpreting Biblical stories and metaphors to fit current times, her humorous and accessible approach to faith leaves even non-believers inspired and wanting more. The way Yvonne sees it, God is a Sovereign Prankster, punking folks long before Ashton Kutcher made it cool. When she meditates on her own life—complete with unforeseen blessings and unanticipated roadblocks—she realizes it's one big testimony to how God tricked her into living out her wildest dreams. And she wants us to join in on getting bamboozled. This is not a Self-Help book—it's a Get Yours book! In Bamboozled by Jesus, a frank and fresh advice book, Orji takes readers on a journey through twenty-five life lessons, gleaned from her own experiences and her favorite source of inspiration: the Bible. But this ain't your mama's Bible study. Yvonne infuses wit and heart in sharing pointers like why the way up is sometimes down, and how fear is synonymous to food poisoning. Her joyful, confident approach to God will inspire everyone to catapult themselves out of the mundane and into the magnificent. With bold authenticity and practical relatability, Orji is exactly the kind of cultural leader we need in these chaotic times. And her journey through being Bamboozled by Jesus paints a powerful picture of what it means to say "yes" to a life you never could've imagined—if it wasn't your own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Genevieve

    Hard to rate. Somewhere between 3 and 4…. She is 100% hilarious! She took a little while to warm up (or it took me a while to understand her sense of humor), but once she did, I was laughing so hard. She mixes her memoirs with Bible stories. It’s super cute. Why am I struggling to rate it? Because I’m concerned about her theology. I’m currently coming out of progressive Christianity (Ex: Rob Bell) and the new age/new thought movement (Ex: Oprah, mainstream power of positive thinking). A lot of wha Hard to rate. Somewhere between 3 and 4…. She is 100% hilarious! She took a little while to warm up (or it took me a while to understand her sense of humor), but once she did, I was laughing so hard. She mixes her memoirs with Bible stories. It’s super cute. Why am I struggling to rate it? Because I’m concerned about her theology. I’m currently coming out of progressive Christianity (Ex: Rob Bell) and the new age/new thought movement (Ex: Oprah, mainstream power of positive thinking). A lot of what she said had sprinklings that were tiny flags in these areas. She quoted Wayne Dyer (big in the Oprah circles), thanked Steven Furtick in her acknowledgments (he’s controversial for a lot of his teachings), had a subtle way of proclaiming the prosperity gospel (Joel Osteen), ended the book with positive affirmations (full on new age/new thought teaching) and didn’t mention the actual gospel message… It just seemed off, not classical Christianity. My take always: That life is about being a follower of Jesus because he’ll give you the life of your dreams. That everything will work out for you if you follow the instructions in the Good Book. Nope. That’s not it. That’s not how it works. She had this great opportunity to reach her fans about the real gospel and she missed it. Still, it’s entertaining. I listened to it on audio and she’s narrating. Such a voice! She’s sweet, fun, funny and has had some great stories to share. Her paraphrases of Bible stories are wicked cute. I would love to come see her perform stand up. I watched her TED Talk called The Wait is Sexy and it was good too.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Latoria

    When I tell you I did not want this book to end…I mean it. I have become such a fan of Yvonne Orji. I love how she used this book as a testimony of God working in her life and increasing her faith. She discusses her career and faith journey and just inspires me to test God more. She talks about how God brought her to her dream life and career all while she NEVER compromised a single time. That meant cutting off some family and friends, turning down some 90% all there searches, and going against When I tell you I did not want this book to end…I mean it. I have become such a fan of Yvonne Orji. I love how she used this book as a testimony of God working in her life and increasing her faith. She discusses her career and faith journey and just inspires me to test God more. She talks about how God brought her to her dream life and career all while she NEVER compromised a single time. That meant cutting off some family and friends, turning down some 90% all there searches, and going against her Nigerian upbringing. When she didn’t compromise she received and is living even better than she had envisioned for herself. She tells her story with comedy and a whole lot of necessary Bible. When you live your authentic purpose God makes room for you. I’m inspired to reevaluate areas in my life that I’ve become complacent with just because it’s comfortable; truly live the faith that I always claim to have; and truly walk in the purpose that God has me here for. I am the only me who can be me so I might as well rock it. I highly recommend this book for anyone struggling to stay true to their aspirations, perhaps faltering in their walk with God, or need that extra push to do what they know they should be doing anyway.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Leslie McKee

    I've never heard of the author prior to this, but reading this book is like sitting down with a good girlfriend. Getting real. Sharing laughs. Just what I needed! The author shares life lessons blended with biblical principles. It's NOT your average self-help book! The chapters are short, and the pages fly by. So much wisdom and humor in this book! It's not an autobiography, yet the author does share her detours from being her parents dreams for her as a child to becoming the well-respected come I've never heard of the author prior to this, but reading this book is like sitting down with a good girlfriend. Getting real. Sharing laughs. Just what I needed! The author shares life lessons blended with biblical principles. It's NOT your average self-help book! The chapters are short, and the pages fly by. So much wisdom and humor in this book! It's not an autobiography, yet the author does share her detours from being her parents dreams for her as a child to becoming the well-respected comedienne she is. (I'm going to have to go check her out now!) The book is divided into five sections: The Burden, The Building, The Breakthrough, The Blessing, and The Bonus. So much of this book is relatable, and readers are likely to find themselves nodding and laughing along as they read. I loved the section entitled "Bamboozled Beliefs." Lots of truths to cling to! I'll be posting some of these where I can read them regularly. I like that there's a reader's guide, as well. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy, but I wasn't required to leave a positive review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cara Deane

    #22 for your girl. I finished this last week. That’s how crazy it’s been. 😩Bamboozled by Jesus is a memoir by Yvonne Orji— who famously plays “Molly” in the hit series “Insecure”. She decided to tell the story of her life (so far) and weave in stories of the Bible that seemingly relate. I always appreciate when people can take the Word (which, to me, is a sacred text) but make it relatable and fun and applicable to one’s life. My Pastor does this seamlessly but doesn’t cheat the text— if anythin #22 for your girl. I finished this last week. That’s how crazy it’s been. 😩Bamboozled by Jesus is a memoir by Yvonne Orji— who famously plays “Molly” in the hit series “Insecure”. She decided to tell the story of her life (so far) and weave in stories of the Bible that seemingly relate. I always appreciate when people can take the Word (which, to me, is a sacred text) but make it relatable and fun and applicable to one’s life. My Pastor does this seamlessly but doesn’t cheat the text— if anything he reveals the layers upon layers upon layers… But sometimes, you can try to do this with the Word and in your attempt to make it relatable, you dumb it down. And the Word is not meant to be dumbed down. For me, I think it was when Yvonne called Abraham the first F boy, that I was kind of done. And that was fairly early on in the book. I’m sure it will speak to many— but coming off of reading Howard Thurman…for me…this wasn’t it. Plus, I can’t stand Molly. #iread #chasingcarabooks #chasingcarabooks21

  24. 4 out of 5

    Yassi

    I’m not Christian but I am religious, so when I first picked up this book I was worried it would be written in a way that would not be welcoming of other religious beliefs, or written in a way where the Biblical stories would be referenced and would require outside reading on my part. I’m happy to say I was wrong on both counts; Yvonne has such a beautiful and proud relationship with God and Jesus that she comfortably and happily shares her values, beliefs, and stories that guide her journey. Mo I’m not Christian but I am religious, so when I first picked up this book I was worried it would be written in a way that would not be welcoming of other religious beliefs, or written in a way where the Biblical stories would be referenced and would require outside reading on my part. I’m happy to say I was wrong on both counts; Yvonne has such a beautiful and proud relationship with God and Jesus that she comfortably and happily shares her values, beliefs, and stories that guide her journey. More importantly, she’s a master at making the reader feel comfortable in hearing her point of view and not feel pressured by the religious aspect of it. As a Baha’i, I hope I can develop this same quality in myself. Lately I’ve been reading/listening to a lot of audiobooks by Black actresses/entertainers (a trend I encourage others to get on bc I’ve loved it so far), but I believe Yvonne’s book is one that I will pick up again in the future.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kisha Johnson-smith

    Yvonne Orji made me take notice of her! I love INSECURE (sorry this is the last season), and I love her complicated character Molly. I wanted her HBO comedy because who knew she was a Comedienne. The stand-up is funny! 👍🏾 Then, I hear she has a book?! And the book has a flair with the title “Bamboozled by Jesus”… that totally made me interested! This is an entertaining book about Orji’s “arrival” of who we see of her now. She is a comical storyteller that’s versed in stories of the Bible and pe Yvonne Orji made me take notice of her! I love INSECURE (sorry this is the last season), and I love her complicated character Molly. I wanted her HBO comedy because who knew she was a Comedienne. The stand-up is funny! 👍🏾 Then, I hear she has a book?! And the book has a flair with the title “Bamboozled by Jesus”… that totally made me interested! This is an entertaining book about Orji’s “arrival” of who we see of her now. She is a comical storyteller that’s versed in stories of the Bible and perfectly correlates her life to those biblical stories! I was thoroughly entertained, gained some courage, learned ways to manage situations, acquired new quotes and wished it wouldn’t end. I’m probably going to listen again. Bravo Yvonne!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Paige

    Surprise, surprise. I really didn't know what to expect but felt like it was going to be this really churchy book that I might not finish. But I enjoy memoirs and thought I'll give it a shot. This book was churchy but in all the best ways IMO. If you are not religious and/or hearing people speak of their religious beliefs isn't your thing, you probably won't like this book. I don't like super churchy people myself but Yvonne was a Sunday school/ youth pastor in a past life lol because the metaph Surprise, surprise. I really didn't know what to expect but felt like it was going to be this really churchy book that I might not finish. But I enjoy memoirs and thought I'll give it a shot. This book was churchy but in all the best ways IMO. If you are not religious and/or hearing people speak of their religious beliefs isn't your thing, you probably won't like this book. I don't like super churchy people myself but Yvonne was a Sunday school/ youth pastor in a past life lol because the metaphors and explanation of the bible were so relatable and right up my alley. I really feel like there were many gems in this book. She gave great advice and examples of how we can sell ourselves short, let fear hold us back, etc.

  27. 4 out of 5

    ReadnliftwithShar

    My favorite quote from this book was, “don’t be afraid to shake up safe. Do something radical that gets God’s attention.” I absolutely loved this quote. There was a lot of high points in this book, meaning quotes and sayings that have great meaning and that come in handy when a picker upper is needed. The author has quotes and mantras for days but I didn’t connect with the book like I thought I would. I enjoyed her humor and stories and it is obvious that the author has worked hard at her craft My favorite quote from this book was, “don’t be afraid to shake up safe. Do something radical that gets God’s attention.” I absolutely loved this quote. There was a lot of high points in this book, meaning quotes and sayings that have great meaning and that come in handy when a picker upper is needed. The author has quotes and mantras for days but I didn’t connect with the book like I thought I would. I enjoyed her humor and stories and it is obvious that the author has worked hard at her craft and bringing her journey to the forefront in hopes of helping others. I am giving three stars because I feel that this book had great moments but a lot of it fell flat for me. I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alina Radchuk

    Hilarious. With some deep truths. Here are some of my favorites: When we’re not moved by our circumstance, we in turn inspire faith in others. The opposite is also true. In Proverbs, it says when we fall to pieces in a crisis, there wasn’t much to us in the first place. Fear and logic have tackled us to the ground and kept us from hitting our mark. It’s easy to get mad when our favorite team misses the touchdown pass and loses the game, but when are you going to start getting heated about the mis Hilarious. With some deep truths. Here are some of my favorites: When we’re not moved by our circumstance, we in turn inspire faith in others. The opposite is also true. In Proverbs, it says when we fall to pieces in a crisis, there wasn’t much to us in the first place. Fear and logic have tackled us to the ground and kept us from hitting our mark. It’s easy to get mad when our favorite team misses the touchdown pass and loses the game, but when are you going to start getting heated about the missed goals in your own life. Receive God’s yes with praise and his no with trust. It’s not good to be thriving outwardly, but lack peace internally. Happiness is the new rich.

  29. 5 out of 5

    junia

    I love the audio (and hearing her voice and inflections and her accents) but I'm definitely getting the book because there are quotes i want to keep. I just appreciate her sharing her story, her journey, her hustle and the through line of God throughout it all. It reminds me of so many times i acted in faith (or in fear). Love being reminded of different folks God used throughout history and the shout-out to Linsanity warmed my heart lol. I first learned of Yvonne as Molly. But her impact through a I love the audio (and hearing her voice and inflections and her accents) but I'm definitely getting the book because there are quotes i want to keep. I just appreciate her sharing her story, her journey, her hustle and the through line of God throughout it all. It reminds me of so many times i acted in faith (or in fear). Love being reminded of different folks God used throughout history and the shout-out to Linsanity warmed my heart lol. I first learned of Yvonne as Molly. But her impact through all her different creative endeavors have gone beyond that and i really loved this!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Deirdre

    This book is EVERYTHING! Extremely relatable (from walking in your calling, writing the vision, not settling for less than God’s best, to abstaining until marriage) and inspirational without being ‘preachy’. Reading this book is like having a really good conversation with your best friend. Being from NY and partially raised in the DMV, the stories and experiences shared within had me laughing, co-signing and sighing in audible agreement. This is a book I will definitely read again and I hope tha This book is EVERYTHING! Extremely relatable (from walking in your calling, writing the vision, not settling for less than God’s best, to abstaining until marriage) and inspirational without being ‘preachy’. Reading this book is like having a really good conversation with your best friend. Being from NY and partially raised in the DMV, the stories and experiences shared within had me laughing, co-signing and sighing in audible agreement. This is a book I will definitely read again and I hope that writing more books are a part of the author’s calling! #GiveOneGetOne

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