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5 Highlights From “Bamboozled by Jesus”

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Comedian, actress and author Yvonne Orji encourages readers to “get yours” in her first book, “Bamboozled by Jesus: How God Tricked Me Into the Life of My Dreams.”

This book by Orji is conversational, relatable and spiritual. Biblical references and personal stories throughout the book are meant to inspire and encourage us to live the life God has destined.

I bought the audiobook, and it definitely doesn’t disappoint. Orji’s reading is fun, uplifting and full of personality. If you haven’t purchased the book yet, consider getting the audio version.

Here are a few points from the book, among many, that inspired me.

God brings the “super”

“But when I show up, flaws and all, God powers up in my life and makes all of me enough for every single moment.”

Yvonne Orji, “Bamboozled by Jesus”

How many times have you talked yourself out of an opportunity because you’re not the best or it won’t be perfect? Orji reminds us that perfection isn’t required to take a chance.

There have been times I’ve forgotten that if I just step into the opportunity, God will bring his “super,” to make the moment a success in ways beyond what I can imagine. Even if I’m not the most qualified – even if I’m not the best in the room.

Orji reminds us to trust that if God brought you the opportunity, he will help you make the most of it.

Play your position

“Was I going to play my position as a child of God and trust that he knew more than me, or was I going to succumb to fear, play it safe and back out?”

Yvonne Orji, “Bamboozled by Jesus”

“Playing your position” when it comes to God can be a challenge. Some people see God as someone to negotiate with or that is supposed to give us what we want as long as we ask in prayer. We forget that God knows and sees all and that we have a limited view of life.

It can be difficult to trust God when we don’t have all the information or know how long we have to wait for something we want. But as a person of faith, trusting God is essential for our success. The season of waiting is meant to shape you so that you can shine in your “me season.”

Discover your “special sauce”

“When we tap into our most authentic selves, we have an opportunity to be the thing that people didn’t even know they were looking for, but now can’t live without.”

Yvonne Orji, “Bamboozled by Jesus”

God made us all in his likeness and image, with special gifts and talents we are meant to share with the world. Our combination of skills, talents, experiences and perspectives are unique – there is no duplicate of you in this world. That is your “special sauce.”

So much of society wants us to conform, to give up your uniqueness. But don’t give in. Be your authentic self from the inside out to attract what is meant for you in life.

As Orji says, don’t dilute your “special sauce.”

Stay focused

“What you focus on will expand. And it will either enlarge your territory or deflate your drive.”

Yvonne Orji, “Bamboozled by Jesus”

A lot of our limitations begin in the mind. If you let insecurities and negative thoughts take over, it could prevent you from living the life God has destined for you.

Don’t let your thoughts or those around you keep you from living in your purpose. Try to include some positive affirmations in your morning routine to help you remain focused. Here are a few to consider.

  • I am powerful.
  • Today I choose to be happy.
  • I am improving each day.
  • I can be whatever I want to be.
  • My life has meaning.

Celebrate your wins

“Celebrate your wins, no matter how big or small they may seem.”

Yvonne Orji, “Bamboozled by Jesus”

Major milestones are always a cause for celebration. But there are smaller wins that we forget to acknowledge that also mark our progress. Whether it’s losing one pound, keeping a daily journal for a week or showing up on time when you’re usually late, these moments deserve recognition.

Your journey is your own. So celebrate each win because it is an important part of your journey.

I am thankful that Orji was able to use her talents to create “Bamboozled by Jesus.” It is a thoughtful, open, honest and relatable book that encourages me to live my purpose.

What are your favorite quotes from the book? Please share in the comments!

Bamboozled by Jesus: How God Tricked Me Into the Life of My Dreams” is available for purchase at various retailers.

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