I have both the Sec+ and the CEH(school related).
The Sec+ was a decent intro to some of the general ideas. Cannot be considered to certify any real level of ability.
The CEH is more like script kiddie training and basic tool use. They cover some methodology stuff a bit in the material. You won't get anywhere near uncovering 0day or reversing 1day with it. Of course this could be to goad you into taking the LPT training that EC-Council offers. More functional certifications might be the ones from Offensive Security, but I don't know that they have industry support.
The CWSP...no comment. I find little use for it. On the other hand, I have very little need to do really high complexity implementations where I am located.
CISSP is probably more employable for ISO compliance or whatever. Definitely a management cert though not a skills cert.
Industry folks seem to like GIAC. Reputation of being skills based.
Cisco security related progression deals less with enterprise wide security and more with how to deploy Cisco products.
Just my 2 cents on the security certification arena.
As to the best study resources, the Sybex book was okay. I had access to some stuff from Cengage and the books were horrific(they didn't even have the domain name registrars on the right continents). They did have additional topic areas and some more depth in certain areas. Some of the CBT stuff is okay. The Hacking Unleashed course for example was fairly reasonable despite the flash stuff was a little buggy under linux, but it served as a decent introduction. I looked more at the open framework stuff and applied common sense to scenarios.
An added note: I passed the CCIE(written) and it was one of the most grueling written examinations I have ever attempted. Not specifically counting the difference in stress from the SANS certifications showing you the score as you go.