This site is an extension of our bookstore, located in Milwaukie, Oregon. We specialize in books for "education, edification and enjoyment," and offer approximately 30,000 products, a carefully selected inventory of new and used home school materials, quality literature, music, games, and Christian books and media of a primarily Reformed persuasion.
One of the main services we offer is buying and selling used books. We offer a large and growing selection of used and pre-owned books and curricula, including A Beka, Bob Jones, Saxon Math and many others. Rather than consigning used materials, we buy them outright, which allows us to limit our selection to what we believe is truly useful. Our entire used inventory is on the website for your browsing pleasure.
Beyond that, this site is an attempt to blend our knowledge of products with a very usable interface: easy to search, easy to browse and filter; fun to read and interesting to look at. We do our best to provide as much information about each product as possible, including hundreds of our own critical reviews, product descriptions and samples. Because we want to promote education itself, we constantly strive to make the site a portal, with plenty of external links, biosketches of authors, and topic headings intended to help you educate your children and yourself. Our goal is ambitious: we want this to be one of the most helpful and informative educational websites in the world.
To that end, we can use your help! Please let us know if you have ANY suggestions. We want to know if our descriptions are unclear or inaccurate; we'd like to hear about other websites we should link to, we'd love it if you would write your own reviews about our books. If you have any other questions or ideas, send us an email! If you're in the area, drop by! If you're too far away, enjoy the website. Hopefully you find it as informative as we've tried to make it.
Exodus has a reputation as a "home school" store, and is staffed mostly with former or current home schooled students. The number working at any given time varies, but we try to give you the chance to meet students who have either "been there" or "are there" so that you can get a unique perspective on the home schooling experience.
A Little History of Exodus:
The Mahar family started Exodus in March of 1994. Starting with about two bookcases full of their own books, and a few others of things on consignment from friends, they opened up a very small shop in Oregon City (about 700sf). With patience and a lot of hard work, they were able to develop their inventory until they outgrew that space and moved Exodus across the parking lot to a larger location. During that time, they also switched from consigning used books to purchasing outright, an approach we still take. It was through their efforts that Exodus became established.
After about four years, the time needed to keep things operating became overwhelming. With their other responsibilities pressing, Richard and Cheri decided to give their nephew (Eli Evans) the opportunity to run Exodus, selling it to him on April 1st, 1998. God has greatly blessed the store since then, surrounding Eli with good counselors, wonderful customers, and a commited staff. He took Eli's inexperience and silly ideas and somehow made them work. We have enjoyed meeting hundreds of Christian parents and children over the years, and have excitedly added thousands of books to our selection.
Caleb Crossman joined our staff in early 2008 and enabled Exodus to become what Eli would have only dreamed about. His professionalism and writing ability added hundreds of articles and reviews to the site during the seven years he was here. Photoshop artists Nathan Furumasu and Emily Wright have taken the site visually to new levels. Other employees past and present have all added wonderful dimensions to the store, and we are especially thankful for the contributions of Jeni Isaacson, Leah Marl, Zack Lyons, Nathan Dahlin, Jon Winslow, Zach Paul, Joseph Forster, Hadley Ayers, Natalie Poindexter, Lauren Shearer and Maddie Shearer.
Many of our customers have encouraged us immensely by returning again and again, and by telling their friends about us. We have continued to grow every year due to their word of mouth recommendations. Exodus has grown so much, in fact, that we moved to a larger location in Milwaukie in 2008 and then opened up more space in the building in August 2014. (We now have about 5,500 square feet of floor space and about 30,000 titles filling 230+ bookcases!)
About Our Name:
In the beginning, the Mahars had the vision of a home school/Christian book, video and software store, and they decided to call it Exodus Multimedia Services. As the store developed, the multimedia name became more and more misleading—people expected them to have computer software that they simply didn't carry. It was dropped for the shorter Exodus Provisions and later shortened again to Exodus Books. But "Exodus" itself draws a lot of questions. So why the name?
Obviously, it's a Biblical allusion. The original exodus was the departure of the Israelites from bondage in Egypt. While in slavery, the Israelites, God's covenant people, were oppressed with more than work; they were not allowed to worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Although we are not slaves in the same sense they were, America has gone the way of Egypt; our government echoes Pharaoh's words: "Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, nor will I let Israel go." (Ex. 5:2) Our slavery is subtler, yet still obvious, especially in the forms of high taxes, fascist property laws and state-run education. We have denied God His place in our lives, and are seeing the results.
But there is hope. God delivered His people from captivity then; He delivered His people again and again—from Canaanites, Persians, Romans, and beyond. Do you think He can do the same for us? God's arm is not shortened: of course He can! We are convinced that the answer is a simple and clear YES!
Our Mission Statement:
To provide quality materials that help parents educate their children in the love and reverence of the Lord, and that help adults develop and promote their Christian faith in the midst of the humanist culture that surrounds us.
We intend to be part of an "exodus" from an apostate and enslaving worldview that ridicules the truth of our creation and despises our gracious Savior, and to glorify and enjoy our Maker in everything we do on earth.
About the owner:
Eli is the oldest of seven, and his parents pulled him and his next-oldest brother out of the public school system in 1987 (middle of his second grade year) and started home schooling them. While they started home schooling out of conviction, the Evans family loved it, and went on to use a combination of home and private school opportunities. Eli graduated as a correspondent student from Christian Liberty Academy (CLASS) in 1997 (his youngest brother graduated in 2014).
Home schooling allowed flexibility, so Eli had the chance to work several unique jobs before graduating. At 13, he worked for a company called Theological Research Exchange Network (TREN) duplicating microfiche. His employer there was quite interested in training him and taught him a lot about running a business. During that time, he developed a strong interest in music, and that led to a job at a local piano store (Carriage House Music). Eventually, they made him responsible for managing the sheet music section, which was a lot like running a bookstore! Eli was given the chance to start working at Exodus shortly after graduation (November 1997), and in April 1998 he signed papers to purchase the business from his uncle.
In March 2005, Eli married Amanda (also a home school graduate). They have been busy since then, welcoming Joshua to the world in January 2006, Lucy in October 2007, Esther in July 2009, Stephen in July 2011, and Aurora in November 2013. To learn more about them, please visit their family website: Joy in the Journey.