Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, is a passionate follower of Jesus Christ, a genuine “people-person”, and a fan of comfortable high-heels. Through homeschooling her children, and service as a missionary, she discovered a deep love for world history where the famous and the infamous have left their mark in time. In the year 2000, Linda sensed a clear call to write The Mystery of History for her children, grandchildren, and generations to come that they might know “the mystery of God . . . in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Col 2:3)
In its 16th year of worldwide circulation, The Mystery of History has been well received by all ages. While fact-filled and historically accurate, Linda’s writing style remains warm, personable, and thought provoking. The four-volume “Chronological, Christian, Complete” series is user-friendly and includes activities for multiple ages, timeline work, mapping exercises, quizzes, literature recommendations, audio books, and much more to fully engage students of all learning styles. The Mystery of History has been awarded “Best Homeschool History Resource,” Cathy Duffy’s “100 Top Picks,” Mary Pride’s “Practical Homeschooling Reader Award,” The Old Schoolhouse “Excellence Award,” and “A Top Back to Homeschool Resource” Award.
A native-born Texan, Linda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University, where she first fell in love with world history. She presently resides in Tennessee where she continues to research, write, teach online classes, and obsess over matters big and small.
How to Handle the DARK SIDE of World History
Does the dark side of history get you down? Are you unsettled by the morbid details? Fear not! The gloom and doom of world history can be a valuable and effective tool for teaching life lessons and reaching the hearts of your students with the Gospel. Please join Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, for a pensive and inspirational look at how and why to embrace the dark side of history! (Students age 10 and up are welcome!)
(Note to organizers: There are two workshops on Ancient Times listed below. I recommend one or the other in a weekend, but not both. While both are inspirational and educational, “A Crash Course from Creation to Christ” is best suited for a large crowd of all ages. “When Bible History and World History Meet Face to Face” is best suited for a smaller academic audience.)
A Crash Course from Creation to Christ
Planning to teach ancient history? Need help integrating the Bible? Listen to Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, as she takes you from Creation to the birth of Christ in about an hour placing Biblical and secular history onto one amazing timeline. Like pieces of a mosaic, watch King Tut, King David, Nebuchadnezzar, Buddha, Cleopatra, and more come together in one picture to reveal the beautiful story of redemption found in Jesus Christ. Though designed to “teach the teachers,” students of all ages are welcome!
When Bible History and World History Meet Face to Face
Looking for inspiration in your study of ancient times? Join Linda Lacour Hobar (author of The Mystery of History) to discover what happens when Bible history and world history meet face to face – literally! With a look at Daniel and Belshazzar, Esther and Xerxes, Jesus and Pilate, and more, you will see bible characters and world history figures “meet” on one seamless, thought-provoking timeline. Through stories and activities for all ages, let His-story be revealed.
Six Artists of the Renaissance That Everyone Ought to Know
Need to brush up on art history? Want a better grasp on the classic artworks of the Renaissance? Join Linda Lacour Hobar, author of the award-winning series, The Mystery of History, for a delightful presentation of six major artists of the Renaissance that everyone ought to know. This fact-filled lecture includes beautiful family-friendly slides of some of the world’s most famous masterpieces and a fun test for students of all ages. This informative session welcomes novices and connoisseurs alike.
What Teens and Tweens Should Know about WWI
From trenches and truces on the Western Front to famous flying aces in the sky, let Linda Lacour Hobar (author of the award-winning series, The Mystery of History) walk you through an invigorating summary of what teens and tweens should know about World War I through unforgettable stories and Linda’s exclusive “5-4-3-2-1 Countdown.” (This oft-neglected conflict provides an insightful backdrop to World War II! Don’t miss it!)
Bad Boys of the 20th Century!
Who are the worst of the worst dictators of the 20th century? Opinions may vary but you can join Linda Lacour Hobar, author of the award-winning series, The Mystery of History, to learn about the chilling rise to power of Vladimir Lenin, Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin, and Adolf Hitler. No previous knowledge needed to appreciate what “should” be learned from history!
Modern History That Shook the World!
Want to better understand the headlines? Planning to teach modern history? Then you need “Modern History That Shook the World!” Join Linda Lacour Hobar, author of the award-winning series, The Mystery of History, as she recounts world-shaking events from the 20th century to present day from a biblical worldview. With vivid snapshots of the Cold War, the Formation of Israel, the War in Korea, the Collapse of the Soviet Union, and more, students and teachers will not only see the past more clearly, but be better prepared for the future!
Crash Course in American History – Part I
Parents, has it been awhile since you studied American history? Do you need a refresher course to teach this subject with confidence? If so, join Linda Lacour Hobar, the author of The Mystery of History, for an insightful and inspiring “Crash Course in American History.” Offered in two sessions, Part I will cover Columbus, Pocahontas, the Am Revolution, and more - taking you up to the Civil War. (If you can only attend Part I, come anyway! Both sessions will be recorded and available for purchase.) Students of all ages are welcome!
Crash Course in American History – Part II
Parents, has it been awhile since you studied American history? Do you need a refresher course to teach this subject with confidence? If so, join Linda Lacour Hobar, the author of The Mystery of History, for an insightful and inspiring “Crash Course in American History.” Offered in two sessions, Part II will cover Chief Joseph, Dr. King, Watergate, and more – taking you up to today’s War on Terror. (If you missed Part I, come anyway! Both sessions will be recorded and available for purchase.) Students of all ages are welcome!
“The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” of a Real Homeschool Family
Women, do you need to get real about homeschool and the joy and pain of life? Join Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, for this down-to-earth session on the up and down seasons of a real homeschool family. With 17 years of homeschool experience, she will share “the good, the bad, and the ugly” with stories of what she did right, what she did wrong, and how she survived difficult times by God’s grace. (Sorry, but this session is not for husbands or students.)
“To Grade or Not to Grade”: A Practical Workshop on Grades in Homeschool
Shaped by our personality types, grades have the power to motivate some and the propensity to destroy others! So, how do you decide when to grade or not to grade? Join Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, and a veteran homeschool mom, for varying theories on grade keeping, tips for grading numerous subjects, and practical ideas for managing the grades you choose to keep. With Linda’s “real life” examples from the work of her own children, this session is designed to encourage both new and experienced homeschool teachers. Students are welcome to join.
Mary and Martha Decide to Homeschool - A Workshop for Mary’s Only!
Let’s pretend that Mary and Martha decide to homeschool. Following their character, Martha would probably have all her plans in place (and be frustrated), and Mary would probably be at the feet of Jesus (and way behind schedule.) We all have a little of Mary and Martha is us, but this workshop is designed to encourage Mary’s who love the Lord and their children, but need help and structure to successfully homeschool! The presenter of this workshop is a self-proclaimed Mary (Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History) who managed to homeschool for 17 years, and still likes to talk about it.