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Linda Lacour Hobar

Linda Lacour Hobar, Author of The Mystery of History

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Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, is a self-proclaimed “people-person”, a fan of comfortable high-heels, and a passionate follower of Jesus Christ. Through homeschooling her children, and service as a missionary, she discovered a genuine love for world history where famous and not-so-famous people have shaped time itself by the mighty hand of God. In the year 2000, Linda sensed a clear call to write The Mystery of History series for her children, grandchildren, and generations to come.

In its 13th year of circulation, The Mystery of History has been well received by all ages! While fact-filled and thought provoking, Linda’s writing style is warm and personable. The “Chronological, Christian, Complete” program is user-friendly and includes a wide variety of activities for multiple ages; timeline work; mapping exercises; memory games; literature lists; audio books; and much more to fully engage students of all learning styles. The Mystery of History has been awarded “Best Homeschool History Resource” in 2012; Cathy Duffy’s “100 Top Picks”; Mary Pride’s “Practical Homeschooling Reader Award”; and The Old Schoolhouse “Excellence 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, and obsess over matters big and small.

Her husband Ron concurrently ministers to youth through “Intersect Sports” utilizing competition, instruction, and Christian discipleship to build the “total athlete.” Be it through sports or world history, Ron and Linda strive, imperfectly, to pour Biblical truths into families that are seeking to live for the Kingdom.

Use the dropdown box below to view Ron and Linda Hobar’s doctrinal “Statement of Faith”.

Statement of Faith

I. The Scriptures

We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.

II. Of The True God

We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is JEHOVAH, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

III. Of The Fall Of Man

We believe that Man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint but choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.

IV. Of The Way Of Salvation

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God; who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead He is now enthroned in heaven; and uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, He is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Savior.

V. Of Justification

We believe that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is Justification; that Justification includes the pardon of sin, and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood; by virtue of which faith His perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity.

VI. Of The Freeness Of Salvation

We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent, and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth, but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.

VII. Of Grace In Regeneration

We believe that, in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again; that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind; that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit, in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, and faith, and newness of life.

VIII. Of Repentance And Faith

We believe that Repentance and Faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest and King, and relying on Him alone as the only and all sufficient Savior.

IX. Of God’s Purpose Of Grace

We believe that Election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which He graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy and unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting, and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of his free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the Gospel; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence.

X. Of Sanctification

We believe that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means, – especially, the word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness and prayer.

XI. Of The Perseverance Of Saints

We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.

XII. Of The Harmony Of The Law And The Gospel

We believe that the Law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of His moral government; that it is holy, just, and good; and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts, arises entirely from their love of sin: to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy Law, is one great end of the Gospel, and of the Means of Grace connected with the establishment of the visible church.

XIII. Of A Gospel Church

We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His word; that its only scriptural officers are Elders or Pastors, and Deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.

XIV. Of Baptism And The Lord’s Supper

We believe that Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a sacred Christian rite in which the members of the church by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the undying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.

XV. Of The Lord’s Day

We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day, and should be kept as a priority for believers to assemble in worship. Recognizing the importance of the gathered assembly in the life of the professing Christian, we consider it a privilege to come together regularly in worship, not neglecting to meet together for mutual edification in Christ.

XVI. Of Civil Government

We believe that Civil Government is of Divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the kings of the earth.

XVII. Of The Righteous And The Wicked

We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death.

XVIII. Of The World To Come

We believe that the end of the world is approaching; that at the last day Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave to final retribution; that a solemn separation will then take place; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness.

Based on the Revised New Hampshire Confession of Faith from 1853

Reprinted by permission of Harvest Church.  (http://harvestmemphis.org/about/beliefs/)

Interviews with Linda Lacour Hobar

Home Educating Magazine

“Life Plus Homeschooling” interviewed Linda on live camera about a seminar she calls:

“To Grade or Not to Grade.”

Visit Online: http://hedua.com/media/to-grade-or-not-to-grade/

Teleconference

RISE Education, Elissa invited Linda Hobar to share with families what The Mystery of History entails.

Linda’s Workshop Topics

A note to Conference organizers:

Linda’s current workshop topics (with more in the making) are best described by the following categories::

  • World History Training – Through masterful storytelling on a wide variety of world history events, these workshops are designed to prepare, equip, and inspire parents to better understand and teach world history through the lens of a Christian worldview from Creation to present time. A crowd favorite is “Bad Boys of the 20th Century,” which focuses on the rise of Lenin, Mussolini, Stalin, and Hitler. (These sessions are not necessarily product related to the author and will benefit all ages seeking to learn and/or teach world history.)
  • Teen Track – Linda has a powerful three-hour session designed exclusively for homeschool teens with an emphasis on developing a Christian worldview toward history and current events. (This track features a modified version of the workshops below titled, “Unleashing the Power of World History” “What Tweens and Teens Should Know About WWI” and “Bad Boys of the 20th Century!”)
  • Homeschool Help! – From Linda’s personal experience of homeschooling three real and rambunctious children for 17 years, these candid workshops are designed to provide practical and amusing tips on the art of home education. A crowd favorite is “Mary and Martha Decide to Homeschool – a Workshop for Mary’s Only!” which is designed to encourage the feelings-driven homeschool mom who struggles to accomplish daily tasks.
  • Vendor Workshop – Linda has one workshop specifically designed to promote her award-winning series, The Mystery of History. Using a two-fold approach, she not only shares the “how-to’s” of her program with a “week at a glance”, but she inspires her audience to appreciate history with a passionate overview of world events and a look at the Divine thread that pulls it all together.
  • Keynote Sessions – Available upon request based on the specific needs and size of the convention.

Unleashing the Power of World History

Want to overcome a dull, dry, irrelevant approach to world history? With proper focus, it’s not that hard to do! Join Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, for an insightful and inspiring look at how to “unleash the power of world history” and stir the hearts of all ages.

When Bible History and World History Meet Face to Face

Join Linda Lacour Hobar (author of the The Mystery of History) to discover what happens when Bible history and world history meet face to face – literally! Through stories, activities, literature, and much more, watch His-story unfold on one seamless, thought-provoking timeline.

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 major events of ancient history and significant stories of the Bible come together in one picture to reveal the beautiful story of redemption found in Jesus Christ. Students of all ages are welcome!

Conquering the Middle Ages!

From Pentecost to the printing press, listen to Linda Lacour Hobar (author of The Mystery of History) pull together exciting stories from world history to paint a better understanding of the Early Church and the Middle Ages. Through Paul, Constantine, and Marco Polo, as well as Mohammed, John Wycliffe, and many more, learn of the triumphs, the tragedies, and the tumultuous events of medieval times­­­—and how they relate to our world today! Students of all ages are welcome.

From Paul to the Fall

From the road to Damascus to the fall of the Roman Empire, God has been at work to make Himself known. Follow Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, through the powerful first five centuries of world history following the resurrection of Jesus Christ. From Paul and Polycarp to Masada and the Edict of Milan, it’s a trip you won’t forget. Educational, and inspiring!

Mastering the Renaissance and Reformation

Need a prep course on the Renaissance and Reformation? Listen to Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, as she introduces the extraordinary artists who made the Renaissance famous – and the bold Reformers who shaped the world of Christendom. This session aims to equip and inspire educators, parents, and students.

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 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 is open novices and connoisseurs alike. No previous experience required!

Good Seed – Bad Seed!

In recent world history, there are those who have planted “good seed” and those that have planted “bad.” Listen to author Linda Lacour Hobar shed light on The Great Awakening, The Enlightenment, Karl Marx, Charles Darwin, and Billy Graham. These stories will examine a handful of 19th-20th century figures and the wake of their influence on our world today. Educational and insightful!

What Tweens and Teens 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 tweens and teens should know about World War I through unforgettable stories and Linda’s exclusive “5-4-3-2-1 Countdown.”

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 Mystery of History, to learn about the chilling rise to power of Lenin, Mussolini, Stalin, and Hitler. No previous knowledge needed to appreciate what “should” be learned from history!

A Crash Course in Modern History

Want to better understand the headlines? Planning to teach modern history soon? Then you need a crash course in modern history! Join Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, as she recounts world-shaking events from the 19th century to present day from a biblical worldview. With snapshots of Karl Marx, the Great Depression, Hitler, the Atom Bomb, etc., students and teachers will not only be challenged to understand the past, but be better equipped for today and tomorrow.

From Linda’s personal experience of homeschooling three “real” children for 17 years, these candid workshops are designed to provide practical and amusing tips on the art of home education.

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 destroy others. Listen to Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, share theories of grade keeping as well as practical tips on keeping it simple. With Linda’s down-to-earth examples from the work of her own children, this session is designed to encourage newbies and veterans alike.

The Date-free Lesson Planner: A Workshop on Preventing Anarchy!

After years of frustration, veteran homeschooler Linda Lacour 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 “Date-free Lesson Planner” – a tool you will want to consider using in your homeschool to keep students and teacher in better harmony.

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.

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.

The High Calling of Home Education

Need inspiration? Need encouragement? Need clarity? If you’re new to homeschooling, or have been teaching at home for years, it’s not uncommon to need a thoughtful look at “the high calling of home education.” Join Linda Lacour Hobar, a veteran homeschool mom and the author of The Mystery of History, for a biblical and historical foundation for teaching your children at home, along with practical tools to assess student ability, teaching time, and methods of education.

Beyond the Books

Academics are important! But immeasurable blessings await the homeschool family that values real-life learning “beyond the books.” Join Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History and retired homeschool mom, for take away thoughts about teaching what matters most. Head home refreshed, inspired, and encouraged!

The Mystery of History for All Ages

Join Linda Lacour Hobar, author of the award-winning series, The Mystery of History, in discovering how to teach world history to the entire family. Using a “Chronological, Christian, Complete” approach, watch history come to life for Younger, Middle, and Older students of all learning styles with hands-on activities, games, feasts, creative research, and much more. As a “sample” of the author’s writing style, included in this session is a powerful, Gospel-driven overview of world history from Creation to present time.

What Attendees Have to Say

“Thank you for being transparent and honest, for all the tips and laughter. You live up to your name (Lacour is a derivative of “the heart” in French!) ” 🙂

AHEA 2016

“Great and thorough discussion. Very well organized; easy to follow.”

AHEA 2016

“Amazing. Life changing.  I am thankful I was here.”

TTD 2016

“Very engaging and enthusiastic speaker.”

IAHE 2016

“My new, favorite speaker!”

TTD 2016

“Last Saturday Linda Hobar was at our convention. Yeah!!! I took my daughter with me so that she could meet her and I took their picture. We’re going to put the picture in dd’s (9) notebook. We also had her sign our book. We are almost done with MOH I but we went to her workshop about it anyway. It was great! My daughter kept looking at me and whispering to me when she remembered something that Linda was talking about. I was surprised at how much she remembered! Linda, thank you so much for all of you’re hard work! You were truly an answer to prayer. Two years ago I went to the same convention looking for a history curriculum, I knew what I wanted it to be like but couldn’t find what I was looking for. Linda’s was the last booth. MOH was exactly what I was looking for.”

Thank you Linda.

~Beth

I just wanted to say that I had the opportunity to meet Linda and hear her speak at the INDY conference and she was absolutely delightful! If you get the chance to see her, please do. IMHO – it was the best session of the weekend! She exudes joy and enthusiasm and truly makes History come alive.

Thanks Linda, we are loving MOH.

~Tina

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