Linda Lacour Hobar is a mother, a motivator, a mentor, and a former missionary.

With 13 years of homeschooling three children, 17 years of ministry with Campus Crusade for Christ, and a sense of God's calling on her life, Linda brings enthusiasm, experience, inspiration, and some fun to the pages of history.

She feels the Lord gave her first the title of the book, The Mystery of History, and then the drive and passion to write it. The title reveals her heart, which is that the "mystery" of the Gospel of Jesus Christ would be made known, better understood, and more deeply appreciated through the knowledge of God's hand in world history.

A native-born Texan, Linda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University and lives with her family in Cincinnati, Ohio. Whenever she can escape from the computer, Linda enjoys people of all ages, great music, healthy cooking, and getting outdoors for hiking, biking, and kayaking.

Linda's husband Ron is on staff with The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) where he utilizes the sport of baseball to teach character and pour Biblical principles into the lives of young men. Together, by the grace of God, Ron and Linda work hard, play hard, and make a pretty good team. Their hope as a family is to positively influence others for the Kingdom.

Linda's Session will be: The Dateless Lesson Planner: A Workshop on Preventing Anarchy

After years of frustration, veteran homeschooler Linda Hobar (author of The Mystery of History) found practical ways to liberate her lesson plans and prevent anarchy in her home. Literally. The secret lies in her “Dateless Lesson Planner” – a tool you will want to consider using in your own homeschool to keep students and teacher in better harmony.


The Dateless Lesson Planner | Practical Planner A | Practical Planner B


Volume I


The Mystery of History Vol I

The Mystery of History Volume I
Creation to the Resurrection

The Mystery of History Volume I is a compelling collection of personably-written history lessons, which chronologically weave the stories of the ancient world alongside the timeless stories of the Bible. Contemporaries in history include: King Tut and Joshua, Helen of Troy and Ruth, Aesop and Daniel, Socrates and Nehemiah, Cleopatra and Herod the Great. “Classical, Chronological, and Complete” - this unique book is designed for all ages. In paperback, this volume not only contains 104 lively lessons, but also includes Pretests; Hands-on/Research Activities for Younger, Middle, and Older Students; Memory Card ideas; bi-weekly quizzes and exercises; timeline helps; maps; supplemental book lists; and more.
471 pages.

Click Here for Mapping Answer Key for Volume I

Regular Price: $ 49.95
Author's Special Price! $ 44.95




The Mystery of History Vol I

The Mystery of History Volume I
Creation to the Resurrection
CD Audio Set

A 2008 “remix” has arrived! Since its publication in 2002, students of all ages have enjoyed The Mystery of History. Through a newly mixed 8 CD audio set, you can listen to the stories of Volume I through the voice of the author, Linda Lacour Hobar. With text in hand, you can read along with the author as she personally narrates the stories. Without the text, you can relax and listen as Linda speaks directly to you and your family. Beautifully mixed background music adds life, drama, and more meaning to these timeless historical lessons. (As of August 2008, this cd set has been “remixed” to provide a softer, more subtle musical background.) In the car, over lunch, before bed, or as an integral part of your school day – you can journey through the ancient world at your own pace.

(This audio set contains story lessons only and does not include pretests, activities, quizzes, exercises or similar items.)

Total listening time: 8 hours 52 minutes

Click here to listen to a sample.

Price: $ 42.95




History Through the Ages Collection on CD

The Mystery of History
Printable Reproducibles on CD-ROM
Volume I

It’s here! For your convenience, our new CD-ROM of Reproducibles saves time, money, and headaches. Created by request, now you can print out all MOH Volume I reproducibles from your home computer. This CD includes all pre-tests, quizzes, exercises, worksheets, test, maps, and appendix pages. This is a very useful resource when working with more than one student. Though copyright allows families and co-ops to photocopy pages for their own use, the task can be difficult without taking the book binding apart. This product makes duplication much easier to do and helps you to preserve your textbook for years to come.

(Not presently compatible with Mac computers.)

Price: $ 19.95




New Product Release
History Through the Ages Collection on CD

New! The Mystery of History Volume I Coloring Pages

Students of all ages will enjoy these newly designed coloring pages made exclusively for The Mystery of History Volume I. Each page has been crafted to capture one week of lessons in a beautiful collage of outline figures. An answer key is available to help students “find” the three integrated stories of the week. 36 coloring pages included. Not reproducible.

Click here to download a sample.
Click here to download the answer key.

Price: $ 9.95




New Product Release
MOH1 Certificate of Completion

New! The Mystery of History Diploma Volume I

Finished Volume I of The Mystery of History? To recognize the achievement of your student(s), you can order a personalized “Certificate of Completion” signed and dated by the author. Each beautifully designed color certificate (there is one for each volume) comes on durable card stock for a lasting keepsake.

Please specify on your Shopping Cart page (under “Notes”) the name(s) of your student(s) and date of completion.

1-3 Certificates: $ 4.95 each
**Please indicate your quantity in the PayPal shopping cart.



4 or more Certificates: $ 3.95 each
**Please indicate your quantity in the PayPal shopping cart.




Art Pack

The Mystery of History & Enrichment4You.com Vol I Craft Pak CD-Rom

Enrichment4you and the MOH teamed up to bring you a CD-Rom craft pack of 8 exquisite historical art projects to complement Volume I. These supplemental projects are most suitable for middle and older students but also contain coloring pages for all ages. Beautifully illustrated mini-lessons, directions, and materials list are provided for each project. (Supplies are not included.)

Students will fossilize a fern in plaster; sculpt a Sumerian relief; create a working ancient oil lamp; construct a 3-D Greek fascade; arrange a Roman mosaic; and more. Thirty-five printable coloring pages included. Consider these projects difficult enough for a high school half credit in art.

PC and Mac compatible

Price: $ 19.95




History Through the Ages - Creation to Christ

History Through the Ages Historical Figures Timeline set
Creation to Christ

Detailed pre-made figures of people, places, and events covered in Volume 1 and many more. Available on cardstock for durability. Each figure is approx. 2.5-3.5" tall and can be duplicated for your timeline.

Price: $ 19.95



New Product Release
History Through the Ages - Creation to Christ

New! “Passages of the Prophets” Board Game

Looking for a fun way to remember the Old Testament prophets? This game is perfect! Set up much like “Chutes and Ladders”, students land on a prophet square, draw a card, and learn more about the major and minor prophets as they work their way to the top of the board. From Me and My House, Inc, this game is ideal with The Mystery of History Volume I. Ages 5 to Adult. Game includes: vinyl zipper bag for storage, board, cards, pieces, die, and instructions.

Click here to see the game close up.

Price: $ 14.95




Volume II


The Mystery of History Vol II

The Mystery of History Volume II
The Early Church and the Middle Ages

The Mystery of History Volume II picks up where Volume I leaves off with exciting stories of the Early Church and the complex history of Medieval times. Spanning AD 30-1460, this volume includes Vikings and villains, castles and crusades, samurai and shoguns, Dante and Chaucer, and much more. “Classical, Chronological, and Complete” – this book can be used by all ages. In addition to 84 engaging lessons, this paperback includes Pretests; Hands-on/Research Activities for Younger, Middle, and Older Students; Memory Card ideas; bi-weekly quizzes and exercises; timeline helps; maps; supplemental book lists; and more. 704 pages. (Though it is recommended that Volume II be studied after the completion of Volume I, it is not necessary. This volume can serve as a stand-alone study of the Middle Ages.)
704 pages

Regular Price: $ 49.95
Author's Special Price! $ 44.95



New Product Release

The Mystery of History Vol II

The Mystery of History Volume II
The Early Church and the Middle Ages
CD Audio Set

Since the 2004 publication of The Mystery of History, Volume II, students of all ages have enjoyed the fascinating time period of the Early Church and the Middle Ages, from the conversion of Paul (about A.D. 31) to the invention of the printing press (1456).

Now, through this 12-CD audio set, you can listen to these timeless stories through the voice of the author. With text in hand, you can read along with Linda Hobar as if she is sitting right next to you. Without the text, you can sit back and listen to the stories accompanied by a culturally inspired musical background. With hands free, Younger Students can draw or color as they learn while Older Students can take notes for further discussion. In co-op or Sunday school, in the car or at bedtime - there are endless ways for all ages to benefit from this listening library of world history. Also available on CD is The Mystery of History, Volume I, spanning Creation to the Resurrection of Christ.

(This audio set contains story lessons only and does not include pretests, activities, quizzes, exercises or similar items.)

Total listening time: 13 hours, 58 minutes

Price: $ 48.95





History Through the Ages Collection on CD

The Mystery of History
Printable Reproducibles on CD-ROM
Volume II

It’s here at last! For those of you in Volume II, our new CD-ROM of Reproducibles will save you time, money, and headaches. Created by request, now you can print out all MOH Volume II reproducibles from your home computer. This CD includes all pre-tests, quizzes, exercises, worksheets, test, maps, and appendix pages. This is a very useful resource when working with more than one student. Though copyright allows families and co-ops to photocopy pages for their own use, the task can be difficult without taking the book binding apart. This product makes duplication much easier to do and helps you to preserve your textbook for years to come.

(Not presently compatible with Mac computers.)

Price: $ 19.95




Art Pack MOH II

The Mystery of History & Enrichment4You.com Vol II Craft Pak CD-Rom

Enrichment4you and the MOH teamed up to bring you a CD-Rom craft pack of 8 exquisite historical art projects to complement Volume II. These supplemental projects are most suitable for Middle and Older students but all ages will enjoy the coloring pages and Younger students could complete the crafts with some assistance. Beautifully illustrated mini-lessons, directions, and materials list are provided for each project. (Supplies are not included.)

Students will Build a Medieval Siege Tower; Make a Faux Metal Indian Bell; Create an Islamic Tile; Paint a Byzantine Icon; Design a Viking Rune stone; Sculpt a Maori Plaque or Pendant; Construct a Japanese Sagemono; and Make Mesoamerican Clay Stamps. Thirty-five printable coloring pages included. Consider these projects difficult enough for a high school half credit in art. For a half-credit, the author recommends one project per month.

PC and Mac compatible

Price: $ 19.95





History Through the Ages

History Through the Ages Historical Figures Timeline set
Resurrection to Revolution

Detailed pre-made figures of people, places, and events covered in Volume II and many more. Available on cardstock for durability. Each figure is approx. 2" tall and can be duplicated for your timeline.

Price: $ 19.95




New Product Release
MOH2 Certificate of Completion

New! The Mystery of History Diploma Volume II

Finished Volume II of The Mystery of History? To recognize the achievement of your student(s), you can order a personalized “Certificate of Completion” signed and dated by the author. Each beautifully designed color certificate (there is one for each volume) comes on durable card stock for a lasting keepsake.

Please specify on your Shopping Cart page (under “Notes”) the name(s) of your student(s) and date of completion.

1-3 Certificates: $ 4.95 each
**Please indicate your quantity in the PayPal shopping cart.



4 or more Certificates: $ 3.95 each
**Please indicate your quantity in the PayPal shopping cart.




Volume III


New Product Release
The Mystery of History Volume III Student Reader - The Renaissance, Reformation, and Growth of Nations

The Mystery of History Volume III
Student Reader - The Renaissance, Reformation, and Growth of Nations

The Mystery of History Volume III Student Reader continues the spectacular and provocative study of world history from the viewpoint of a Christian author. Spanning the Renaissance, Reformation, Exploration, and some early American history, this volume explores the backdrop to and the significance surrounding the time-honored contributions found in art, music, literature, science, and philosophy of this rich era. Unlike Volumes I and II, Volume III has been separated by the publishers into two beautiful books! The Student Reader now contains 84 stirring lessons written by Linda Lacour Hobar in a colorful, easy to hold hardback. The reader is a stand alone world history text for all ages to enjoy.

But for those who wish to delve deeper, you will want to consider The Mystery of History (Volume III) Companion Guide: Curriculum and Student Activities. This black and white paperback guide book, written also by Linda Lacour Hobar, will contain these familiar and popular components of The Mystery of History series: Pretests; Hands-on/Research Activities for Younger, Middle, and Older Students; Memory Card ideas; bi-weekly quizzes and exercises; timeline helps; maps; supplemental book lists; and more. (Though it is recommended that Volumes I and II be studied prior to this volume, it is not necessary. Volume III can stand alone as a full course of Renaissance/Reformation history.)

Price of Student Reader: $ 59.95




New Product Release
The Mystery of History Volume III Companion Guide: Curriculum and Student Activities

The Mystery of History Volume III
Companion Guide: Curriculum and Student Activities (in paperback)

As described above, Volume III of The Mystery of History has been divided into two beautiful books! The Student Reader contains engaging lessons from the Renaissance and Reformation and more; the Companion Guide: Curriculum and Student Activities contains everything else that has made The Mystery of History an award winning, user-friendly curriculum. Pretests; Hands-on/Research Activities for Younger, Middle, and Older Students; Memory Card ideas; bi-weekly quizzes and exercises; timeline helps; maps; supplemental book lists; and more. Three-hole drilled, perforated, paperback - 520 pages. Available also on CD-Rom. See details below.

Price of Companion Guide (paperback): $ 29.95




New Product Release
The Mystery of History Volume III Companion Guide: Curriculum and Student Activities on CD-Rom

The Mystery of History Volume III
Companion Guide: Curriculum and Student Activities on CD-Rom

What? There’s more? Yes, the Companion Guide: Curriculum and Student Activities is also available on CD-Rom. Why? The publishers of this curriculum seek to make The Mystery of History as user-friendly as possible. Therefore, the Companion Guide is available to you in two different formats, paperback and CD-Rom. Each contains the same material. Each has its advantages. Some people will prefer the more tangible product, like the paperback, that you can highlight, mark up, and clutter with Post-its. For your convenience, the paperback contains perforated pages and is three hole punched for you. Others of you will prefer dropping a CD into your home or school computer for easy printing and duplication of maps, quizzes, and more. (Some of you will want both!)

Click here for the mysterious missing p. 82

Price of Companion Guide (CD-Rom): $ 29.95




New Product Release
History Through the Ages – Timeline Figures to Accompany The Mystery of History Volume III.

History Through the Ages – Timeline Figures to Accompany The Mystery of History Volume III

Amy Pak has done it again! Amy Pak, gifted artist and owner of “Homeschool in the Woods”, has hand drawn over a hundred historical figures to match each and every lesson of The Mystery of History Volume III. These can be used for timelines on a wall, in a notebook, in a lap book, or merged with Memory Cards. However you choose to use them, you will find these figures a great asset to your studies. As in Volumes I and II, the Volume III Companion Guide provides directions for making your own timeline figures, but many of you will prefer the ease and beauty of this product by “Homeschool in the Woods.” For your convenience, Amy Pak has packaged these cardstock figures exclusively together for MOH users. (Thank you Amy!)

If you have previously purchased her “Collection of Historical Timeline Figures” CD-Rom set, you can download (for free!) 24 additional figures she has created to correlate with Volume III.

Visit: http://homeschoolinthewoods.com/HTTA/timeline.htm

Price: $ 9.95




New Product Release
MOH3 Certificate of Completion

New! The Mystery of History Diploma Volume III

Finished Volume III of The Mystery of History? To recognize the achievement of your student(s), you can order a personalized “Certificate of Completion” signed and dated by the author. Each beautifully designed color certificate (there is one for each volume) comes on durable card stock for a lasting keepsake.

Please specify on your Shopping Cart page (under “Notes”) the name(s) of your student(s) and date of completion.

1-3 Certificates: $ 4.95 each
**Please indicate your quantity in the PayPal shopping cart.



4 or more Certificates: $ 3.95 each
**Please indicate your quantity in the PayPal shopping cart.




Atlases


New Product Release
The Children’s Illustrated World Atlas (Schoolhouse Edition) by Rand McNally

The Children’s Illustrated World Atlas (Schoolhouse Edition) by Rand McNally

This beautifully illustrated hard back atlas can be enjoyed by all ages, but it would be particularly helpful to Younger and Middle Students. It not only contains colorful maps from around the world, but provides a two page world timeline and geography notes. For your convenience, this atlas is specifically referenced in The Mystery of History Volume III Companion Guide to direct Younger and Middle Students to the exact maps they will need to complete their mapping exercises.
Contains 103 color pages.

Price: $ 9.95




New Product Release
Answer Atlas – the Geography Resource for Students by Rand McNally

Answer Atlas – the Geography Resource for Students by Rand McNally

The modern paper back Answer Atlas contains an introduction to geography, a Question/Answer section, colorful flags, and maps from around the world. For your convenience, the Answer Atlas is specifically referenced in The Mystery of History Volume III Companion Guide to direct Middle and Older Students to the exact maps they will need to complete their mapping exercises.
Contains 176 color pages.

Price: $ 12.95




Student Bible Atlas

The Student Bible Atlas

This resouce will help your students map the dividing of the kingdoms of Israel; mark the twelve tribes of Jacob; trace the journeys of Paul and more.

Price: $ 7.50




Historical Atlas of the World

Historical Atlas of the World

A beautiful collection of historical maps from early civilization to the present. A resource you will use for many years.

Price: $ 14.95


Timeline Helps


History Through the Ages Collection on CD

History Through the Ages Collection of Historical Timline Figures on CD

Historical Timeline Figures on a 2-CD set. You can print these figures in a variety of ways and sizes, to fit your project. 1,260 figures plus 80 bonus figures!

Windows and Mac compatible
Acrobat Reader Required

Price: $ 74.95




History Through the Ages Timeline Notebook

History Through the Ages Timeline Notebook

A 12" x 9" hard-cover 3 ring timeline binder. 122 pages of 11" x 8.5" horizontal, heavyweight, ivory colored cardstock. There is an additional 17 pages of maps, both ancient and modern world to add to your studies.

Price: $ 37.95




History Through the Ages Suggested Placement GuideHistory Through the Ages Suggested Placement Guide

This guide will help you preview where to place your History Through the Ages Historical Timeline Figures collection. Get a peek at how your timeline will look in the future for planning of annotations and additions.

Price: $ 9.95

Linda Hobar's Presentations on CD


History Through the Ages Collection on CD

A Crash Course from Creation to Christ by Linda Lacour Hobar on CD

This 50 minute workshop CD is a brief introduction to The Mystery of History as well as a taste of the stories throughout. Taped in front of a live audience, Linda Hobar shares her inspiration for writing and highlights stories from “Creation to Christ” in her own words. Inspirational and educational.

Click here to listen to a sample.

Price: $ 8.00




From Paul to the Fall

From Paul to the Fall by Linda Lacour Hobar

This 45 minute workshop CD is a sample of the richest stories found in the first quarter of Volume II of The Mystery of History. Taped in front of a live audience, Linda Hobar shares highlights from “Paul to the Fall” (of the Roman Empire ) in her own words. Inspirational and educational.


Click here to listen to a sample.

Price: $ 8.00




Presentation CD Bundle

Presentation CD Bundle for Volume I and Volume II

Buy both lively CD's, A Crash Course from Creation to Christ and From Paul to the Fall and save $4.00.

Price: $ 12.00




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