Pastors and preachers stand at the podium to talk about storms that Biblical figures have faced and relate it to similar struggles that people go through. David Towner is one such pastor, and he often talks about the storm that he had to overcome.
Before his most significant storm, David Towner received a Master of Arts in Physical Education from California State University, Chico, in 1990. There he met his wife Tonya at Neighborhood Church in Chico. They were both leaders in the church college ministry, where he led Fellowship of Christian Athletes on the campus and college Bible studies for the church.
His would-be wife, Tonya, was an aerobic teacher while teaching Bible studies. After four years, the two led a Bible study together, and David Towner took an interest in her. He began to attend her aerobic class, and months later, they started to date. They eventually married in 1990.
David Towner later received a Master of Divinity in Biblical Languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1996 after studying abroad at Oxford University in Oxford, England, in 1995. He would later become a pastor in Tampa Bay for 22 years.
Over the years, they have experienced many difficult seasons. During the great recession of 2008, they had to sell their home or lose it to foreclosure. They witnessed the devastation of their eldest daughter’s divorce and her fourth son fighting for his life for a hundred days in the ICU. They experienced the powerlessness of watching a family member struggle through mental illness.
Perhaps the most significant storm that David had to overcome was in 2013 when doctors discovered a carcinoid in his appendix. Unfortunately, the growth had spread, and he had to undergo more surgeries to remove the disease. During his stays in the hospital, God reached out to him and revealed six simple truths that helped him keep his eyes on God.
When the storm calmed, David Towner would speak out the truths each morning to help him keep a better attitude and healthier perspective. A year later, he wrote a series of sermons called Today Is My Favorite Day. With the support and encouragement from his wife, he would write a book on the subject two years later.
Today Is My Favorite Day is a raw and humorous book that emphasizes six simple truths to help readers develop a positive and hopeful mindset. David Towner balances his challenging experiences with comical experiences and critical theological concepts while putting in numerous Biblical references. He wrote the book to be a theology book without making it feel like one.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic struck, David’s church has continued to help the community while adjusting to the new normal of masks, sanitizer, and social distancing. The book’s perspective has helped him and church members maintain a positive mindset. Today Is My Favorite Day has seen success as more people have continued to purchase books for family and friends to help them through the quarantine.
To find out more about David Towner and his book Today Is My Favorite Day, you may visit his website.