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Thriving stand-up comic and actress Yvonne Orji - best known as Issa Rae's BFF on the HBO series, Insecure - shares the secrets to living the life of your dreams.

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 listeners on a journey through 25 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.

©2021 Yvonne Orji (P)2021 Worthy Books

Critic Reviews

“Inspiration practically leaps off the pages and into the hearts of readers.… Orji is a cheerleader and best friend for every dreamer.” (LaParis Hawkins, Booklist)

“Yvonne is an original voice that really needs to be heard now more than ever. Once you let her in your mind, you’ll never want her to leave.” (Chris Rock, actor and comedian)

"Yvonne somehow found a way to brilliantly weave her humor, insight, courage, and faith into pages that feel like a weekend retreat hanging with your best, boldest, brightest and most blessed girlfriend. Bamboozled by Jesus is real talk about deep faith put in practice from a woman committed to living a life of vision, purpose, service and success." (Kerry Washington, actress, producer, and director)

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  • 06-02-21

More Please!

Like sitting late night in your kitchen talking to your bestie... She’s PROOF that you can love JESUS and achieve success without compromising your principles. It may not always turn out the way we envision it but OUR GOD IS FAITHFUL.

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Way more than I expected! Over delivered!

So I Pre-ordered this book A WHILE BACK... When Yvonne initially announced it on the Jesus and Jollof Podcast. Then some time later I got an email from Amazon/Audible saying they were refunding me my money. I was completely taken aback... Is the book still happening? What happened? To be honest I was disappointed because I was looking forward to it. Now fast forward 2021 I see something about the book being available again for Pre-order. I was so excited I ordered it again and prayed that this time, it actually comes out. I got my email about the book late Monday night, the day before the official launch.

I started listening it and I loved it! Yvonne weaved her story with genuineness, vulnerability, jokes!!, a dash of Naija (Nigeria), and most importantly the Good Book! 🙂

Thank you Yvonne for being obedient to God in delivering this! Like you say in your book, you have no idea how many people are waiting on you so they can also trust/act.

I’ll also be getting the physical book because this is something one has to read from time to time as a reminder.

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It was okay

I have enjoyed Yvonne’s work on Insecure and her comedy special. So I was excited to get her book to learn more about her personal story. While I do believe in a higher power, I found myself fast forwarding through the Bible quotes and mini sermons after each personal story. They just became incessant and made the story feel disjointed

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Thanks

Thank you for being obedient and sharing your story. I laughed I cried and felt lifted I had all the feels. A must read for all. Complete in one sitting.

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Your True Calling Awaits You!!!

I'm sending Yvonne a tilth because this was the best down to earth guide I have listed to in a long time. I was going to call into work today, but Amazon sent me a text saying this audiobook was available today. So instead of calling in, I ate a hand full of organic dark chocolate chunks then pressed pay on this book (and worked). This book really made me look at my purpose in life, which I have ignored for far too long. Yvonne you absolutely nailed it with this book!!!

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Too many Gems to Count!

Gurl! Like, thank you so much for sharing your story and inspiring, well getting me to finally share my story too! Words are powerful and you have such amazing insight on how to live your best life with GOD! First, Congratulations on getting Bamboozled by Jesus! I hope to continue my journey in life getting Bamboozled by Jesus as well. Not just for success but to touch another person who needs encouragement that does not realize they are not invisible but necessary in this world we call life. Secondly, anyone that is still reading my opinions about this literary novelty, you will get your entire life reading this book. I am talking quiet conversations with God to tears of joy for things that shall too past and things that have yet to come. Finally, I am grateful to have an opportunity to listen to Ms. Orji provide her own life in such a down-to-earth candid way that made me feel like I was having a conversation with one of my girlfriends. Ok, just listen or read this book and find answers that GOD is trying to reveal to you and pick up lessons learned to be a better version of you! That is all :)

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Perfectly Blended

Yvonne is truly amazing at blending scripture into a digestible modern day relatable format. If you are not a Christian you don’t feel beat over the head with dogma. Through her honest descriptions of how her relationship with her religion impacts her decision making process I was left inspired.
The advice is easily adapted to suit. If you read self help books you know they’re more like work books and can sometimes be intimidating my leaving you feeling like you have to set aside time to work through the exercises before you can start changing your life. In this book Yvonne lays out really simple approaches to positively change your mindset to dream a larger dream no matter what you believe. Well done!

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Thank me later!

This is absolutely a must read at least once a year! Thank me later! You won’t regret it!

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A Great reminder of God's Riches

The narration of the book by the author was a plus. Yvonne gave jokes but solid encouragement to have faith and trust God while manifesting your dreams. Definitely a book worth reading.

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I’ll have what she’s having…

If you’re looking for inspiration, but not just the kind that you like for a minute and then put away forever, the kind that makes you START moving forward into your blessings- This is the book for you.

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