Romans 5:12-21 is central to understanding the Christian theology of for- giveness and justification through Jesus Christ. This work looks at that key theological concept and helps to explain the depths of its meaning. The reader will dive into the depths of God’s redemptive power in the sacrifice of his Son Jesus to remove sin that was introduced into the world by one man, Adam, and removed by God’s righteousness by one man, Jesus. The reader will be challenged to think more deeply. —Lynn McMillon, Ph.D.  Distinguished Professor of Bible, Oklahoma Chris- tian University In this book Jim thoughtfully and in great detail ties together the eternal arc of Adam’s original sin and its repercussions, Jesus’ annulment of that sin on the cross, the promise of the establishment of a new heaven and earth and the necessary response of those living in today’s world. But in doing so he also presents intriguing theses on some smaller story lines, including but not limited to why Joseph died before Jesus’ ministry, the possibility of the presence of animals in heaven, an incarnation of the Word prior to Jesus and what actually transpired in the days between the placement of Jesus’ body in the tomb and his resurrection. These “side” discussions bring humanity to the Bible and make it more relatable to those seeking to understand. Jim states, “We always need to be ready and willing to change our way of thinking about how we interpret the Bible when we see there is a possibility we might be wrong in our way of thinking.” The Power of the Cross may help you do just that.  —Debra Archibald, Writer, Editor, Owner of Pikes Peak Pen, LLC    Jim Taylor’s latest book, The Power of the Cross, is a reflection on the sin of Adam and the atonement of Jesus. Free of technical jargon, this book offers a clear window into Jim’s understanding of Scripture, history, and theol- ogy. Jim writes candidly and forcefully about a topic of great importance. His love for the church and concern for the truth are readily apparent in this book. —Parker Bullard, Poncha Springs Church of Christ