I am a husband, father, son, brother and a follower of Christ. It is my hope that in each category, I am as quick to point out my failures as I am the successes. I am a writer, speaker, dreamer and now host of the Unscripted Podcast. I am color blind, dyslexic, got a 13 on my ACT test and have zero attention span. Yet somehow I graduated college and God has blessed me with a million opportunities. I love stories. I love sharing stories. I love hearing stories. We all have one.

In addition to the Unscripted Podcast, I contribute to blogs at I Am Second, What’s In The Bible, Jelly Telly and Compassion International. 

Favorite Verse: “As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man” (Proverbs 27:19)

Favorite Authors –
Max Lucado, Bob Goff, Simon Sinek, John Maxwell, John Ortberg, Erwin McManus, Rob Bell, Donald Miller, Pete Wilson

Favorite Artists –
Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Zac Brown Band, Daughtry, Mercyme

Favorite Teams –
North Carolina Tar Heels, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians, Las Vegas Raiders

Favorite Quotes:

“You can say what you think but you will live what you believe.” -Mark Hall

“You never know why you’re alive, until you know what you would die for” -MercyMe

“If something is going to be important to you on the last day of your life, you better make it important to you today.” -Jimmy Dykes

I hope you enjoy your stay and check back often. Until next time,

Chris Tomlin said it best….

I want to live like there’s no tomorrow
I want to dance like no one’s around
I want to sing like nobody’s listening
Before I lay my body down
I want to give like I have plenty
I want to love like I’m not afraid
I want to be the man I was meant to be
I want to be the way I was made.

Thanks for stopping by! Drop me a line if you enjoyed your visit.

In His GRIP,
Aaron Conrad

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Comments · 46

  • iluv2prshim · December 15, 2006

    Aaron, thanks for stopping by my blog. I am also a Max Lucado fan. The man knows how to write. Your family looks very happy. Keep up the good work you do here in the blog-sphere.
    Many blessings,
    p.s. adding you to my blog roll, ok?

  • cumby · January 30, 2007

    “Don’t let the work of God around you kill the work of God in you” – Unknown

    Love this quote! Never heard it before. Thanks!

  • Martin · February 2, 2007

    Jer 29:11 is also my favourite verse. It’s actually the promise of my life.
    I also like the Chris Tomlin quotes.


  • Martin · February 2, 2007

    Aaron, thanks for visiting my blog.
    I’m adding you to my blog roll.

  • dragonmommie · March 20, 2007

    Aaron… Found your site via Joni Ruhs’ blog. The title of it caught my eye because it’s also the title of a Creed song, “Arms Wide Open”. It was instantly the vehicle I wanted to use to tell someone I was expecting… whenever that happened. As it turned out, we found out together in a hospital, so I could not do it. Read some of your posts and I’ll be subscribing to you and put you on my blogroll. Look forward to reading more.

  • BoilerTodd · March 27, 2007

    Hey, Aaron here’s a couple more for your quote list… especially since I see a lot of music related quotes:

    “The climb to righteousness is steep, and though I may falter in my steps… I am never beyond God’s reach.” – Rich Mullins

    “One man cannot do right in one department of life whilst he is occupied in doing wrong in any other department. Life is one indivisible whole.”
    – Mahatma Gandhi

  • Aaron · March 28, 2007

    Todd – Another Gandhi quote I love is “My life is my message”. Glad you dropped in bro.

  • ryanday · March 29, 2007

    Great blog! I’ll be back often to follow your journey!

  • dumbsheep · April 1, 2007

    Good Stuff. It is encouraging to find others who pursue Him.

  • Aaron · April 3, 2007

    Ryan – Thanks for dropping in. I blogrolled you as well.

    Dumbsheep – I love the name. I’ll be following your blog too.

  • David · May 31, 2007

    Great blog. We have many areas in common that we consider important.

    Jeremiah 29:11 has become very important to me.

  • David · June 26, 2007

    You’ve been tagged at Grits n Grace.

    Read the post “Tagged: Why I Dig Jesus.” and follow the instructions.

  • beartracks · August 26, 2007

    I have several friends who sign off with “In His Grip”. Thanks for bringing back memories.

  • trumpethope19 · September 4, 2007

    You have me interested in your blog. Not sure why, but you do. I will be checking in again soon.

    I read on a comment that your a Max Lucado fan. I only have read his book In The Grip of Grace. Was actually a really good book. I liked how he actually showed his personality throughout his writing..instead of just being a boring writer.

    Anyways, I shall return to enjoy your writings.
    Take care

  • Ellen · September 19, 2007


    I stumbled across your blog earlier today while trying to find that song “Stealing Cinderella.” I’ve since read many of your postings and really enjoyed them. I am going to pass along your blog to my husband. . he is a Christian who has been struggling with his faith recently. I think reading another man’s thoughts on it will be very moving from him. Husbands and wives can provide wonderful counsel to one another, but sometimes a man needs another man to lean on. I don’t always understand the weight my husband feels on his shoulders, though I try the best I can. Thank you for your ministering. Ellen

  • Aaron · September 19, 2007

    Eleen –

    Thanks so much for the kind words. I was actually reading about “The Lord of the Gift” in the book “If You Want to Walk on Water” by John Ortberg about 10 minutes before I received your email. It was referring to our use of spiritual gifts and callings. Sometimes I wonder what my ministry is, or wonder if I am on the right track. Your comment gave me pause to consider some things as well. Thanks for coming by! I appreciate the thoughtful comment. God bless.

  • Liza's Eyeview · November 19, 2007

    I surely enjoy my visits – God bless you and your family.

  • Aaron · November 20, 2007

    Liza – Thanks for your comments and for supporting my blog. I am praying that God will bless your 40 days with the Son!

  • trumpethope19 · December 1, 2007

    Hey Aaron, can I ask you what you use for your media player that you consistently put into your posts? I would be interested in using it from time to time in my own posts.


  • www.cottoncandycloud.org · January 8, 2008

    Thank you, Aaron.
    You and your blog are a blessing to me and my family.
    Peace and Prayers,
    Sandy S. Zoo

  • Sharkkk · January 23, 2008

    Aaron , keep up the good job


  • trumpethope19 · February 14, 2008

    Aaron, just letting you know that I tagged you to play a little game over at my blog. Go check it out :)

  • Alastair Vance · June 30, 2008

    Great blog. I’ve added you to my blogroll.

  • Darren Lewis · September 2, 2008

    G’day Aaron,

    Well done for the strength and courage you have demonstrated in building relationships with the men in your sphere of influence, and modelling to them integrity and authenticity. I trust that you’re witnessing the life that comes from those men who have remained connected to you.

    My name is Darren Lewis from Townsville, North Queensland, Australia. I have lead men’s small groups, men’s weekend retreats, and spoken at numerous men’s breakfasts, since 2000. I have had the privilege of connecting with John Eldredge and the Ransomed Heart Ministries team at their Outpost in Colorado Springs, and I have a personal friendship and mentoring relationship with Robert Lewis, founder of “Men’s Fraternity”, and author of “Raising a Modern Day Knight”, amongst others. Mid last year, Robert actually invited me to the U.S.A. to assist the leadership of Christ in the Tetons in one of their week-long father-son adventures, outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming… their website for your interest is http://www.christinthetetons.org. Since returning home, I have continued following our Father’s lead, and I am pleased to advise you that we have now launched a similar ministry here in Australia, called Fathering Adventures… http://www.fatheringadventures.com.au. Please take a little time to explore our website… I’d love to hear your feedback.

    Our inaugural 5-night father-son adventure is being held from Saturday afternoon, September 27th, to Thursday morning, October 2nd, this year. The minimum age requirement for the “sons” is 14 years, and there is no upper age limit. We are limiting these 5-night adventures to a maximum of 12 father & son pairs. Once again, far more detail can be found at our website.

    Please share this news with all of the fathers you know, to ensure that Fathering Adventures continues to flourish, and succeed in turning the hearts of fathers to their children, and the hearts of children to their fathers… Boys and young men being ushered into authentic manhood. My desire is to see men from all around the world, bring their Dads, sons, significant male others (mentors / proteges) along.

    Thank you for your time, and I look forward to corresponding with you further, in our common quest to help men become all that they were created to be.

    Strength and Honour,


    Darren Lewis
    Fathering Adventures
    Ph: (07) 4723 2941
    Fax: (07) 4723 2941
    Mob: 0431 839 035
    email: info@fatheringadventures.com.au
    web: http://www.fatheringadventures.com.au

  • Rachel · April 29, 2009

    What a beautiful family! Love the quotes. And me and my hubby are Tar Heel fans as well! What a year hey?!!! He went to school there when Jordan played. I went to Memphis – but I am a convert. : ) When Memphis was in the running, I felt a little bad of giving the Tar Heels my loyalty – but I got over it.


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  • piskodrocho · July 9, 2009

    I want to listen good music!

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    Just dont leave us hanging.


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    Hi Aaron,

    Happy New Year to you! I trust you are having an enjoyable day. My name is Todd Stepp and I work for BooksChristian.com, here in Franklin, TN. We are a Christian owned & operated company that sells over 200,000 Christian products.

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  • karen · September 30, 2011

    I am totally soaking in the writings, reviews and wisdom you share in your posts, thank you! I look forward with great anticipation of reading more insights that you share.. I read your book review , Our Last Great Hope, by Ronnie Floyd, because I have also read it. I was torn in some ways with his writing, although I have read other books by him, as well as visited his church when I was staying with friends there in Arkansas. But I was able to think with a little better attitude after reading your review – the perspetive always changes when we see through anothers eye view..
    Thanks again – love the honesty in your writing style..

  • Adrian Pantonial · March 9, 2013

    I was looking at this new WP theme, Superhero, when I found your blog advertised at the bottom as using the same theme.

    Max Lucado and Philip Yancey are my fave authors too. Your closing line “In His Grip” is actually the title of one of my favorite book on grace by Max.

    These last four lines of Chris Tomlin’s song resonates in me: “I want to give like I have plenty / I want to love like I’m not afraid / I want to be the man I was meant to be / I want to be the way I was made.”

    Thank you for your interesting blog and the inspiration. God bless you more! ;-)

  • Joe · March 17, 2013

    Great blog, Aaron. Following for additional updates.

  • Neeraj Bhushan · April 15, 2013

    “I want to be the man I was meant to be”…wow

  • Gerald D.A. Murphy · May 20, 2013

    Aaron Great blog! You are leader in your family, church, and in the community! It’s refreshing to see your passion for all three come through in your blog posts!

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  • Danelle · February 12, 2014

    Once you learn how to create a blog, there are limitless ways to get the word out about it and create a growing number of readers if you are persistent.
    Even if your chart includes simple tasks like “dusted the walls” that’s exercise.

  • Body of a Sinner Mind of a Saint · August 25, 2017

    They just built a Boe Jackson sports right by my house!

    • aaron · August 26, 2017

      You must live in Columbus because that’s where we built it. Stop by for a tour sometime.

  • Gospel Isosceles · August 26, 2017

    Thank you for emphasizing the importance of having a compassionate heart. That lacking is why our country has fallen into such vitriolic division. And what a good surprise to see your baseball team is the Cleveland Indians. My hero growing up was Omar Vizquel, and I tried to imitate him on the field and off. God bless you and your family.

    • aaron · August 26, 2017

      Yep. I’m straight outta the 216. I don’t live in Cleveland any more but you can never take Cleveland out of the kid. Love that city and it’s teams (except the Browns). Thanks for the kind words and for stopping by!

  • Steven Bruen · August 26, 2017

    Hi Aaron, I came across your blog from a friend. Struggling to be a good dad right now, you have some great points that I need to try with my 8 year old twin boys

    • aaron · August 26, 2017

      Keep struggling and trying. There is beauty and learning in the struggle. That’s how we grown. Thanks for stopping by. Know I believe in you even though I don’t know you. Keep striving.

  • Jackie O'Sullivan · August 26, 2017

    How can Rob Bell AND Mark Driscoll be your favorite authors? The first is an intelligent, open, progressive Christian, the latter an antediluvian complementarian.
    It is akin to me saying that my two favorite politicians are Jimmy Carter and Donald Trump.

    • aaron · August 26, 2017

      If you think that is crazy, you should see my playlists. I’m all over the place but honestly, Rob Bell really challenged my faith with his early writings (Velvet Elvis, Sex God). So did Donald Miller. Rob went a different path and I need to update my list but his early stuff was really good. Driscoll too. It happens across a lot of the mega churches. Even one I worked at for a very brief time in ministry. I hold their early work close though.


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