Cindy Tingley was born in a little village in New Brunswick called Point de Bute near the Nova Scotia border where she lived for 16 years. She moved around New Brunswick during her high school years finally settling in Fredericton.
After high school Tingley met and settled down with her partner and for many years they ran a farm, produced lumber and raised their own beef while working on rural community development projects. She remembers being interested and excited about writing as early as eight years old but life was busy and writing only became a priority in more recent years.
She began writing the Lily series of children’s bible stories almost ten years ago and feels now is the time to re-ignite the message of bringing peace to a fractured world. Lily’s Secret is the first in the series.
Tingley has lived in Halifax since November 2013. Along with writing every day, she likes to drum, sing (she was with the You Gotta Sing Chorus in Halifax for 4 years), walk and hang out with good people who raise her up.
This is the story of a little donkey named Lily, who has a secret! One day Lily is visited by an angel, who tells her of a child, a Saviour, who will be born and Lily is the one chosen to take his mother, Mary, and her husband, Joseph, to Bethlehem.
Lily is frightened because she’s been told she’s too little to do anything important. She draws strength from her faith and overcomes her fears and self-doubt, to safely carry Mary and Jesus, the unborn child, to their destination.
Lily's Secret is part I of the Lily the Donkey's Adventures series and is available at Dartmouth Book Exchange, Guardian Drugs (Spryfield), Vickery House Books, Shore Thing, and on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chapters/Indigo, Waterstones, and many other online retailers and can be ordered in to your local bookstore.
ISBN: 978-0-9952841-6-6 - paperback
Lily’s Desert Adventure is the second book in a first reader’s bible series that tells the story of the life of Jesus through the eyes of a little donkey named Lily. In the first book, Lily’s Secret, the carrot-munching, care-free Lily overcomes her initial fear and self-doubt of her ability to fulfill a huge responsibility, to safely carry Mary and Jesus, the unborn child, to Bethlehem. Once Lily successfully completes her task and Baby Jesus had been born, she thinks they can all go home. But when the Wisemen visit the Holy Family, she senses that something has changed.
In the darkest hour of the night, Joseph wakes her and says they have to hurry to a strange new land to keep Jesus safe. She is off to the desert, her journey still far from over, and another adventure begins.
Lily's Desert Adventure is available at Dartmouth Book Exchange, Guardian Drugs (Spryfield), Vickery House Books, Shore Thing, and on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chapters/Indigo, Waterstones, and many other online retailers and can be ordered in to your local bookstore.
ISBN: 978-1-9990156-1-9 - paperback
Lily the Donkey’s Adventures with the Holy Family continue in part III of the series as they depart Bethlehem in the dark of night to escape King Herod's clutches. After crossing the desert, they arrive in Egypt and Lily’s Egypt Adventure unfolds as new and old animal friends join the entourage and learn and share lessons of love, kindness, and forgiveness. Young readers will enjoy this bible ‘fan fiction’ told from the perspective of Lily, a carrot-munching, feisty donkey, Professor Rakim Rabbit, Red Dog, Yoyo the monkey, lions Kufu and Aziza, camel siblings Daisy and Deca, and more!
Lily's Egypt Adventure is available at Dartmouth Book Exchange, Vickery House Books, Shore Thing, and on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chapters/Indigo, Waterstones, and many other online retailers and can be ordered in to your local bookstore.
ISBN: 978-1-989833-26-1 - paperback
ISBN: 978-1-989833-27-8 - eBook
"An exciting, entertaining and imaginative story about the Holy Family’s time in Egypt. Tingley speaks to the heart of readers of all ages with a message of hope, freedom and how all creatures great and small can be transformed by the power of God’s love."
– Darcy Gillis, former Sunday School teacher
“The heart vision and heart talk help the reader know that it is always the inner language that speaks truth. It is a timeless story that will appeal to all ages. It is not only a children’s book; the story can speak to the adult heart as it did to mine.”
– Mavis Hicks, retired healthcare worker