You’re in the angst of indecision. The weight of the “right” way presses your shoulders and stomach into knots as you face the fork in the road. You’ve researched and data gathered, analyzed, and listed the pros and cons, yet you remain paralyzed. Which is your best course of action?

What Would Luther Say?
Barnegat Lighthouse Keeper Statue by artist Brian Hanlon, Barnegat Light, New Jersey

What Would Luther Say?

If you’ve read earlier blogs about Luther Andersen (my fictional lighthouse keeper, professor, mentor, mystic and more), you might ask, “What would Luther say?”


What is your body telling you about how you feel about each option?

Do you feel queasy about the path leading to a swinging rope bridge?

Is there relief as you gaze upon the road which parallels the meandering river?

Are you filled with doubt as to where the gravely dirt path might take you?

Are you most excited when you consider the freeway or the scenic byway?

How do you want to feel? The best answers are found when we listen to our bodies as well as our minds. They are connected for a reason. Might be time to lay low and let your answers simmer to the surface.


I suspect you’ve guessed I’ve been lurking around a fork in the road lately and needed some guidance. So, hey, thanks, Luther!

Previous Luther Andersen Blogs


Tanya D. Dawson’s pending young adult novel is a becoming-who-you-are YA contemporary-fantasy called Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel (working title). While Andersen Light is primarily set in the fictional town of Mystic Creek, Oregon, Tanya lives in the American Southwest with her amazing husband and (mostly silent) partner, Katie-dog.

Early endorsements of Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel:

“You really are evidently an extraordinary writer. Show the world you are an extraordinary storyteller, too. You have a beautiful style and a great eye for detail. Your story is lovely. I can see it being commercial. Yay!” – Carmen Fox, author of Show Don’t Tell: Immersive Writing from the Roots Up, as well as urban fantasy, paranormal romance, young adult novels, puzzles and games.

“A great read, intriguing from the beginning to the end. Suspenseful, but at the same time a great adventure. It encouraged me to open my mind to possibilities. I am amazed and in awe. What a glorious and sacred space you’ve created in Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel.” – Adolfo Quezada, author of over twenty spiritual books, retired counselor and psychotherapist.

“I enjoyed very much reading your book… interesting that it delved into areas that I know very little about. I want to read it again. It was action packed and kept me intrigued with what would happen next. I hope you can continue to write about more of Georgie’s adventures.” – Susan F. Mitchell, Defense and intelligence contractor executive, retired; former executive board member, National Classification Management Society; spoiler of grandchildren.

“In her debut novel, Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel, Tanya D. Dawson weaves an empowering tale of adventure, intrigue, and mystery. A mystical coming-of-age story involving a race of “meta-normals” living among humans in the modern-day world, the novel inspires courage to be the very best version of one’s true self. A bold new addition to young adult fiction!” – R. D. Petti, author of the Nettie’s Tea House series including: A Tale of the Afterlife, Beyond the Veil, In the In-Between, and Yuletide Homecoming. She is a Letters member of the National League of American Pen Women. “Reflections on a Passing” was awarded a first place poetry prize and published in Illuminations of the Soul. “Ghosts of Lakeside Inn” was selected for publication in The Best of Spiritual Writers Network 2016. R. D. Petti is an award-winning finalist in the Fiction: Visionary and Fiction: New Age categories of the 2018 International Book Awards.

Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel is a clever story with a fresh perspective that normalizes people possessing metaphysical spiritual gifts. Becoming fully one’s self, strengthening powerful attributes, contributing to the exposure and defeat of negative forces is all part of growing up for teenager Georgie Jones and others like her. Their adventures provide insight about paranormal phenomena, as they take the reader into a world filled with pain, crime, love, compassion, friendship, and evolving humanity. If you want to expand your understanding of what it means to be a spiritual being having a human experience, this book is for you.”– Dalene Fuller Rogers, M.Div. BCETS, is an ordained minister and author of Pastoral Care for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Healing the Shattered Soul, contributing writer in Forgotten Followers, and creative director and founder of Insight Multifatih Spiritual Direction.

Learn more about the world of Mystic Creek, Andersen Light, Katie-dog and me in earlier posts: