This week's book giveaway is in the OCPJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide and have Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates on-line! See this thread for details.
Check out AppFuse for some sample projects to get started with Spring. I personally prefer the "Pro Spring" book although the "Spring in Action" and "Professional Java Development with Spring" are also good.