Before you layout a circuit, it's generally a good idea to understand what is happening in your schematic. And before you lay out a schematic, it's generally a good idea to understand what is happening in your block diagram.
"This book is a bit technical. If you are a beginner, it's okay that you don't understand everything that follows -- your first project will still be successful. Try to pick up as much as you can, and ask questions in the forums!"