I just received my copy of the Common English Bible (New Testament) today. I just wanted to post my recommendation of this version.
Upon receiving it, I read through John 11 (raising of Lazarus) and found the version to be refreshing and easy to understand. I believe this version will be a great resource as we find in it a meeting point between the more literal versions and the paraphrased The Message.
I wanted to make this website available. You can download examples of the text and find where you can order it for less than $5! http://www.commonenglishbible.com/
For what its worth.