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(Modern Faith #1)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  127 ratings  ·  45 reviews
In a debut novel readers are calling “true to life,” “captivating,” and “cleverly written,” author Beth Troy takes on the story of Lu Sokolowski and her life upended. Lu’s plans have turned sideways, taking her back to the family and town she always planned to leave.

Lu is a modern woman’s honest journey to faith, that unapologetically addresses:

The big questions women ask
Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published June 21st 2017 by Kingsbury Publishing, LLC
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Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
“What if Jesus is the answer?”

Oh y’all. This book. My heart is still overflowing from reading it.

I regret having to shelve my reading of Lu. until now because wow! I was missing out on one of the best debut novels I have EVER read! Pitch-perfect writing, smart & witty dialogue and first person narrative (that feels effortless), a heroine for women in all stages of life, authentic wrestling with real issues of faith, and a host of supporting characters you’ll want to pull in for a group hug along
Fiction Aficionado
~4.5 stars~ This story… wow. What an honest and meaningful journey to faith. It was engaging and even entertaining in many ways, but right from the first line, it gave me so much to think about. I feel a little as though I need to read it again right now so that I can chew over some of the things this story deals with—especially the insights we get from Jackson’s sermons on Ecclesiastes. It’s not often I feel sermons work in a story context, but these ones sure did. I’ve even been prompted to me ...more
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You won't be able to put it down! This book is one of the best I've read in a long time. You will fall in love with Lu (the main character) because you can see yourself in her. As I read, I resonated with her trying to find herself and her faith. The characters are complex and add to the story, the writing is engaging, funny, clear, and relatable, and the plot will leave you wanting more. I have bought this book for 5 of my friends because I think every woman should read it! I can't wait until t ...more
Janet Ferguson
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, adult
This is a very enjoyable and realistic journey of a young woman who is struggling to find herself and to understand why her family believes in God.
There are are a lot of great discussions about faith.
Be aware there are several curses in the dialog.
Ebos Aifuobhokhan
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The truth is there are no words to adequately describe this book. It was a story and a world I enjoyed and would recommend to any and everyone. It is a story about a woman's search for God and like King Solomon, Lu had gone on her own adventures and still came up short of the true satisfaction she was after.
The author wove a heart-to-heart story that was touching and captivating. A story that left me in awe of God and yearning for a deeper walk with Him.

I undoubtedly recommend this book to ever
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Where should I start…
The story of Lu was interesting. Beth Troy wrote the story in a way that made me feel like I was Lu; that I was the person going through struggles and learning to work through them. Lu is a strong character who knew what she wanted in life (or thought she did), she is a very dedicated person; someone dedicated to finding the truth, not just accepting what others tell her. Lu’s thought process was very realistic, and her thoughts were something that most of us think at one po
Deborah Freels
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First, a disclaimer: I know the author personally. As a result, I was prepared to like this book before I even opened it. I love Beth's wit and her spirit, and I fully expected her writing to reflect both. That said, I was not prepared to enjoy this book as much as I did! From page one I was delighted by her descriptive language, captivated by her characters, and thoroughly hooked by her humor. Lu’s situation is relatable, her family could be yours or mine, and her struggle is real. While the bo ...more
Kelli Galloway
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I first read Lu. in 2017 soon after it was published. I remember loving it, giving copies to all my friends, and dying for a sequel. Now that the sequel is about to debut, I knew I needed to reread Lu. in preparation. I didn't expect to love Lu. even more than the first time through!

Lu. is a story of a woman trying to figure life out. She thought she had chosen a path that would lead to success but at 29, Lu doesn't have her dream job, her longterm, live-in boyfriend has cheated on her, and she
Beth Troy’s debut novel and first book in her Modern Faith series, Lu is an unforgettable, inspiring and absolutely delightful tale. This is a heartfelt story of redemption that also has a bit of wit and sass mixed into the bargain. It’s about finding the purpose of life and finding one’s self. Readers will easily relate to Lue and her journey as she struggles in her personal life, family life, and her career. This story has a large focus on Jesus and finding faith in Him. This is a story that r ...more
Excel Andy
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lu. by Beth Troy is the first book of hers I am reading and hopefully, it won’t be the last.

What caught my attention immediately I started the book was the POV (point of view). It was written in first person narrative. It felt comfortable for me.

Beth Troy is a unique author. Her descriptive prowess didn’t escape my attention.

Lu’s story is one that I could grasp. I felt all kinds of emotions reading the book.

I had lots of favourite characters but Grandma Pat has a large share in my love.

There are
This story was amazing! The humor was wonderful with so many laugh-out-loud moments. I loved Lu and really felt for her trying to find her place in the world after feeling like she'd failed. I was frustrated with her for some of her choices but a character I really disliked at first who somewhat grew on me was her ex, John. Jackson, the pastor, was such a wonderful character because of his personality, his faith and how he loved and cared about people. I liked see their friendship and maybe more ...more
Victoria Bylin
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
This book was a joy to read. It's original, intelligent, humorous and just plain entertaining. The minute I finished it, I downloaded Book 2. The reason? Lu's spiritual journey is a lot like mine. Plus I wanted to know what happened with Jackson.

Lu. is one of my two favorite books of 2020. The other one is "Louisa," the sequel.

PS. The covers for Lu. and Louisa are brilliant! They tell a story all by themselves.
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a wonderful, engaging, unexpected read. I couldn't put it down, and I ended up reading all night! ...more
Sherry Deatrick
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really good book! I don't know how I came across this one but am so glad I did. Beth Troy writes like an author who has written many books but this is her first! This is the book to recommend if you know someone who is familiar with the gospel but continues to resist it. It is full of examination and scripture that weaves its way to truth - but it is not preachy. I recommend it! ...more
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lu is the story of a woman’s journey to faith that begins in betrayal and heartbreak, and leads to even more brokenness before it is through. For Christian and non-Christian alike, this is a story that will resonate as Lu returns to her family home, begins to heal, and considers new possibilities. 

Told in Lu’s voice, this is an impressive debut novel that evokes a gamut of emotions. From her family relationships - her Polish grandmother in particular - to her romantic choices, Lu is a complex an
Courtney | Soul of a Librarian
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Here's the thing: I enjoyed this book. I truly did. Lu, with all of her questions and her humanity, made for a great story about figuring out life and faith. The family connections felt real. There were too many adorable moments between Lu and Jackson to count. Even John came in and stole some brownie points in my heart. The dialogue is great and the sentiment is real.

If you're looking at the bare bones of this novel, it's a great read. The writing is rich and delightful. It felt like I was rea
Randi Sampson
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oftentimes when reading an author's debut novel... well, it reads as such. I mean that in no disrespect to the authors, it just simply tends to lack the polish of more seasoned writers. Still, there are certainly exceptions to that, and as I read Lu. I discovered that this was certainly one of those! With a debut like this, I am truly anxious to see more from Beth Troy in the future.

First of all, this book doesn't read quite like anything I've found in the Christian fiction genre. We first meet
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"All the stories have been written, including mine."

It’s a great first line, because it’s a strong statement that sounds true, in the same way as the famous opening line to Pride and Prejudice sounds true … until you think about it. Because we’re all unique, so our stories are also unique. Although our stories also have some common elements:

"I thought I’d finished writing that story years ago, but then yesterday’s story happened—the one about the boy who cheats and the girl who leaves. You could
Becky Van Daniker
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I have read ever. Full review coming soon.

Lu. by Beth Troy is a book that I would recommend for every woman because it’s a topic that all of us have questioned at one point in our lives. Maybe you’ve been a Christian for a long time. Maybe you’re a new believer. Maybe you’re not a believer but you’re looking for answers to life’s questions. Maybe you’re asking questions like, “Is there any meaning to life? There has to be more than just living and dying in th
Robin E. Mason
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If #allthefeelz is a hashtag, then this book is #AlltheRealz!!!

How coincidental that today’s morning Scripture (Colossians 2:9-10) says, “… you are complete in Him…” Which is exactly Lu’s story, the journey she was on. To discover who she is, what her purpose is. And how this whole Bible thing relates. Or if it relates.
Ms. Troy’s storytelling is real and gritty and honest. Told in first person (this reviewer’s favorite) the story pulls the reader deeper into Lu’s discontent and unrest. Ms. Troy
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Life imposes itself, often beating us down until we lose our sense of self. Louisa Sokolowski (Lu) suffers the trauma of a broken relationship and is thrust onto an unwanted journey of self-discovery. She returns to her small-town home to the often peculiar embrace of family and friends. Lu finds herself questioning far more than she had bargained for; her relationships, her career and her faith.

You will delight in the strong and sometimes, strange characters Beth Troy weaves into her tapestry.
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
I could not put this book down. It had so much going for it. Great characters, lots of emotion, a charming love interest, and a cute setting. On top of that, Lu was such a relatable character that I could at times picture myself in her shoes. She reacted like I might react, and I found myself just really liking her. The only thing that put me off was her faith in throughout the story. That was not like me at all, however I think it was necessary for her story. Hey, we’ve all been there at one ti ...more
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
Most of what I read is romance of the Christian or clean variety. I assumed that's what I was getting with Lu. (Clearly, I didn't read the synopsis first.) Instead, I got one woman's honest search for Truth wrapped up in a powerful story. And, for the first time I can remember, I actually enjoyed—even welcomed—the snippets of sermons included in the pages.

Lu. is difficult to describe. It's clearly Christian fiction, in that it's all about Lu's journey to finding Christ. But it's also edgier than
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't typically care for fiction because it either takes itself far too seriously, or like all too many chick-lit novels, it's frivolous or sappy. How refreshing is it, then, to read a book like Lu. Troy's debut novel is genre-busting at its best. For the record, I'm calling the new category "Irreverent Christian Fiction" (are you listening, Amazon?).

Troy's writing is on point -- excellent pace, visuals that come alive, and my favorite part: plenty of witty banter. The characters, Grandpa Pat
Suzie Waltner
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I often feel like Christians (especially those who grew up in the church and surround themselves with other Christians) forget what life was like before Jesus. But Beth Troy reminds of that in her debut novel. And what an unforgettable story this is.

Lu is struggling. In her personal life. In her career. And with where she stands spiritually. When she comes home to her family after discovering her boyfriend cheated on her. And once in Dunlap’s Creek, she is challenged in ways she couldn’t imagine
Mei Carmer
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lu is a top rated book because it is so "real." Lu, or Lu-ser as called by her brother, has been around church and believers all her life, but all those things are not true for her. Then she gets her feet knocked from under her and she starts seeking. She agrees to attend church, and the divorced minister has real-life thoughts and applications to his sermons that make her think. Lu keeps chasing for answers, and the minister lets her think out loud. However, she decides to run away from home. T ...more
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is such a wonderful book! From the moment I started reading and got to know Lu, I could not put the book down. It is inspirational, as we follow along with Lu on her spiritual journey. And it is entertaining, with humor and genuine, lovable characters. The writing is so skillful in creating the storyline, and the way the spiritual and the humor work together is truly amazing. I developed a real affection for the characters and cared about their ups and downs. I believe that being able to de ...more
Anne Lynn Minick
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is by far one of the best works of Contemporary Fiction I have read. Lu is an incredibly lovable character who is not typical or predictable. Her story could be the story of so many women, which is why the book will reach such a wide audience and will touch so many people. Ms. Troy's sense of humor, her quick wit, her lovely characters, and her page-turning story line will grab you from the beginning and keep you guessing throughout the book. I can't wait for the sequel! ...more
Laura Smith
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
Lu is smart, sassy and spiritual. This is the book for all the girls out there who are no longer eating the spoonfuls of Christianity or philosophy or life lessons from their parents, but actually claiming their faith as their own, and trying to figure out what that means. Troy's debut novel will find it's way into your heart and somehow change you—shift a thought, create a new one, resonate somewhere inside, leaving you more certain of the things that truly matter. ...more
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Beth Troy is a writer known for her modern take on Christian fiction through stories that portray an intuitive understanding and relevant application of how women today come to know and experience God. Her debut novel, Lu, was praised by readers for its wit, relatability, grit, and scriptural depth.

Beth lives in Ohio with her husband and three sons, and she teaches courses in Creativity and Women

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