The infamous MaxBlogPress plugins are being removed from the WordPress repository. In order to activate these plugins, users were required to submit their email address for daily spamming.
I have rewritten one such plugin. It is still listed in the repository, but if you would like access to this plugin without the required opt-in, and written in the updated WordPress 2.8 format to make it compatible with my Display Widgets plugin. You can download here.
This is a full featured multiple instance supported page manage widget with configurable options to control parameters like sort options, exclude pages, depth etc features in your sidebar.