The Mystery of History series provides a historically accurate, Christ-centered approach to world history for all ages.
Beginning with Creation, The Mystery of History four-volume series presents world history in chronological order, covering every corner of the globe.
- Volume I: Creation to the Resurrection (c. 4004 B.C. – c. A.D. 33)
- Volume II: The Early Church and the Middle Ages (c. A.D. 33 – 1456)
- Volume III: The Renaissance, Reformation, and Growth of Nations (1455 –1707)
- Volume IV: Wars of Independence to Modern Times (1708 – 2014)
The Mystery of History is distinctively written from a Christian worldview. Creation-based and standing on the authoritative Word of God, lessons in The Mystery of History are like pieces of a mosaic that reveal a much bigger picture and tell a much larger story. Together, they point toward God’s redemptive plan for mankind through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Mystery of History Student Readers can stand alone for all ages to enjoy. For those who wish to delve deeper, the user-friendly Companion Guides bring lessons to life with multi-age activities, timeline directions, mapping exercises, Memory Card ideas, pretests, quizzes, games, worksheets, tests, film and literature suggestions, and more. It’s easy to use for one student at home, ten in a co-op, or hundreds in a school.
Each volume of The Mystery of History increases in difficulty through content, length, and independent reading level.
THE MYSTERY OF HISTORY READING LEVEL
For independent reading, The Mystery of History is written for these reading levels:
- Volume I, 4th- to 5th-grade reading level
- Volume II, 6th- to 7th-grade reading level
- Volume III, 8th- to 9th-grade reading level
- Volume IV, 10th- to 11th-grade reading level
However, these reading levels don’t reflect the wide range of ages that can benefit from this curriculum. As a read-aloud, family study, or classroom program, The Mystery of History can accommodate the following:
- Volume I, grades 1–12
- Volume II, grades 3–12
- Volume III, grades 5–12
- Volume IV, grades 7–12
Of course, all these guidelines are simply that—our guide. Each student’s readiness can vary to either side of these suggestions. Reviewing our sample pages for each book at our site may be helpful.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
“World history is far more than what man has or has not accomplished! From a biblical worldview, history tells us a bigger story, and one that is far grander than man can conceive. His-story is the slow, steady revelation of God to man, and mankind’s mixed response—some bow down to Him, some don’t. But the sovereign plans of the Lord remain the same, as Jesus Christ came ‘to seek and to save that which was lost.’ ” (Luke 19:10)
Linda Lacour Hobar, a native-born Texan holds a bachelor's degree from Baylor University, where she first fell in love with world history. With seventeen years of homeschool experience, seventeen years in ministry groups and church classes, Linda brings a wealth of perspective to world history. As a parent, a missionary, and a teacher, she has a personable writing style that appeals to all ages.
"We love Mystery of History. We used it in a traditional school setting in the past and now use it as part of our full time home school curriculum. It is very thorough and easy to follow. You can do all of the suggested activities or only read and discuss each chapter. Either way your child will learn so much about history from a Christian point of view." - StacyG, Co-op Member
The Mystery of History Volume I$74.95 – $187.38
The Mystery of History, Volume II
The Mystery of History, Volume II explores the time of the Early Church to the Middle Ages from AD 30 to 1460. Your students will discover how God continually reveals Himself in this big-picture look at world events from Pentecost to the printing press. User-friendly format features lively text, quizzes and tests, reviews, projects and activities, timeline and mapping assignments, answer keys, reproducible student pages, and more. 750+ pages
The Mystery of History Volume III Student Reader
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. Discover 84 stirring lessons written by Linda Lacour Hobar in a colorful, easy-to-hold hardback.
The Mystery of History Volume III Companion Guide
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, while 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.
The Mystery of History Volume IV Companion Guide
The Mystery of History Volume IV Companion Guide contains all of the supplemental and reproducible materials that have 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. 600+ pages!
The Mystery of History Volume IV
The Mystery of History Volume IV is now available! Volume IV unfolds three centuries of word history, from the wars of independence to modern times (1708- present) with author Linda Hobar’s distinctly Christian perspective.
The Student Reader now contains 84 stirring lessons in a colorful, easy-to-hold hardback. The reader is a stand alone world history text for all ages to enjoy. (See note below.) But for those who wish to delve deeper, we have included a download code in each book for a digital version of The Mystery of History Volume IV Companion Guide. The reproducible resources of the Companion Guide, written also by Linda Lacour Hobar, contain familiar and popular components of The Mystery of History series: pretests; hands-on activities and research projects for younger, middle, and older students; memory card ideas; bi-weekly quizzes and exercises; timeline helps; maps; supplemental book lists; and more.
The Mystery of History Bundle
Mix-and-match products to make your own The Mystery of History bundle! Starting at $49.95, choose from companion guides, atlases, timeline figures and more.