I was talking to the librarian at my church and he had a small pile of books he was planning to dump, one of them was the Good News for Modern Man Bible. Thankfully I was able to rescue a copy.
This version reads ok, but what was key is the nostalgia. Growing up, our church had these as the pew bibles. I think the most memorable aspect of these bibles was the drawings. Some of the most potent representation of biblical stories can be found in these drawings.
I don't have the background to evaluate translations but the NRSV is the most common in academic contexts. The language which has the most majesty and poetry for me (bad academic criteria) remains the New English Bible, the ecumenical bible of the UK.
In other news, Bill O Reilly went after Daily Kos for calling the primate of Italy, Pope Benedict, a primate. I'm not shocked that the great defender of religion would not know that primate is a title, but one would think that someone at Fox would have caught it.
And the Disciples of Christ is having their general assembly in Fort Worth Texas July 21st through the 25th. Jim Wallis I know will be speaking at that gathering. You can check out the proceedings and videos of events by checking out the GA website.