Having used the King James all my life, I recently "discovered" the NIV. It has made reading the Bible and listening to it a sheer joy. (Out of habit, I still say the Our Father in King James English with the art and the Thy.)
I've recently purchased a book that has helped clarify my perspective. It is Window to Eternity by Bruce Henderson, ISBN 0-87785-132-8, published by the Swedenborg Foundation. Swedenborg's writings (scroll down on this page) are long and sometimes difficult to read. This book summarizes the visionary seer's insights into the afterlife in a very crisp, concise and readable manner.