The Mystery of History Vol I


The Mystery of History, Volume I, Third Edition

Introducing The Mystery of History, Volume I in an engaging NEW FORMAT! Our 3rd edition of this beloved history curriculum now looks like Volumes III and IV, with a beautiful full-color hardback Student Reader and an improved Companion Guide. As with Volume IV, a download code for a free digital copy of the new Companion Guide is included in the Reader. Enjoy one of the first copies hot off the press! Order today!
The Mystery of History Volume I is written from a Christian, young-earth, perspective, teaching children to see God’s hand throughout history...and how the Gospel of Jesus is the mystery behind all of history! Written in a conversational style, many lessons are presented in the form of mini-biographies, integrating fascinating stories with the events of the time. Covering creation to the resurrection, this curriculum is arranged by quarters and weeks; each quarter begins with an “Around the World” summary of events to introduce the time period; lessons progress chronologically, with each week having 3 lessons, a pretest, review activities (including Memory Cards), and exercise or quiz. This book integrates the text with write-in activity pages. These activity pages are reproducible for in-family use, or students can write directly on the worksheets.
The Student Reader contains 108 exciting lessons  in a colorful, easy-to-hold hardback. Divided into 36 weeks, the reader is a stand-alone world history text for all ages to enjoy. 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 Companion Guide, Volume I, Third Edition. The reproducible resources of the Companion Guide, also written 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 series provides a historically accurate, Christ-centered approach to world history for all ages.

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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.


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.



“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." - Stacy G., Co-op Member
  • The Mystery of History Volume I

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  • WonderMaps

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    Discover how much excitement maps and geography will add to your learning experience through the amazing features of WonderMaps 1.2 — You can now edit your maps right on your computer with Adobe Reader!

    WonderMaps has over 300 maps, including:

    • 75 maps of the world
    • 60+ maps of the USA
    • 150+ historical maps, including 30 biblical maps
    • The complete map sets from The Mystery of History vols. I–IV and All American History vols. I & II

    Version 1.2 requires Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (a free download) and 350 MB hard drive space to run properly.

  • WonderMaps – Ancient Civilizations Edition

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  • The Mystery of History Bundle

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    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.

    From: $102.71
  • The Mystery of History Companion Guide, Volume I

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    The Mystery of History Companion Guide, Volume I is the perfect companion to the ebook and audiobook editions of The Mystery of History, Volume I. This PDF file includes everything from the print edition of the book except the lesson text. Inside, you’ll find a wealth of activities, teaching helps, and reproducibles, all neatly organized at your fingertips. We’ve done the preparation for you, including: memory card ideas, Wall-of-Fame timeline suggestions, grading helps, a supplemental book list, Bible reading list, answer keys, and more!

  • The Mystery of History Volume I Super Supplemental Collection

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    ALL of The Mystery of History, Volume I “Downloadable Extras” bundled into one collection at a huge savings!

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  • The Mystery of History Volume I Coloring Pages

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    Printable for your whole family! Students of all ages will enjoy these beautifully designed coloring pages made specifically for The Mystery of History, Volume I. Each page of the 28-page set has been expertly drawn to capture one week of lessons. Now available as a download, you can print multiple copies for your family at one set price. A great value for larger families! Delivered in .pdf file format.

  • The Mystery of History Challenge Cards, Volume I

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    Challenge Cards leverage children’s amazing ability to memorize large quantities of information! These cards capture the most important elements of each lesson in an easy-to-remember format. Included are a dozen game ideas and other suggestions for usage. Challenge cards can be used in combination with the note-taking cards or in substitution.

  • The Mystery of History Volume I Folderbook

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    The Mystery of History Folderbook, Volume I contains both the mini-books and the directions needed to fold and use them. Try just the first quarter of The Mystery of History’s four quarters or buy all four.

    Students who enjoy working with their hands, who are artistic, creative, or visual will thoroughly enjoy a well-designed, meaningful Folderbook. Additionally, the time spent working together on Folderbooks yields meaningful discussion with your students as they further explore and recall what they have learned!

  • The Mystery of History Notebooking Pages, Volume I

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    Included in this download are notebooking pages for each lesson of The Mystery of History, Volume I. Almost every lesson has ruled pages for taking notes, some of the pages have maps to help students visualize the lesson, still others have space for the student to illustrate or diagram the lesson. The included Information Pages may contain questions about the lesson for the student to answer or bullets to help the student take notes. Other pages have Scripture or direct quotes from the book that a student may copy or reflect (in writing) upon.

    Four categories of printables include: Younger Writers, Older Writers, Fill-able Pages, and Information Pages.

  • The Mystery of History Audio Set, Volume I, Second Edition

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    Savor the rich tapestry of stories found in The Mystery of History Audio Set, Volume I, Second Edition read by author Linda Hobar.  Travel through time as you listen to the journey of our world from Creation to Resurrection.

    Complete and unabridged, this set offers a total listening time of 11 hours 14 minutes.

  • The Mystery of History Volume I Historical Timeline Figures

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    One of four volumes available covering Creation through Present Day. This timeline package covers many people and events of the Bible, Sumer, Babylonia, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Persia, Greece, and the Rise of Rome to the time of Jesus Christ.

    Included in this packet are over 250 detailed figures dating from the beginning of creation to the first century AD, cardstock timeline sheets ready to cut and assemble, suggested instructions for use and display, and a handy reference sheet of all the people and events. Each figure is approx. 2.5-3.5″ tall. They are printed on a quality cover stock for durability. The timelines are printed on yellow cover stock, denoting this era.