WordPress is really easy to use, I recommend you use another theme, like a base-theme, there is the "stalkers" theme which is a good starting point. There is an amazing tutorial Wordpress in 18 days by Jeff Way (actually worked on the Sitepoint's Wicked WordPress Themes books), which is amazing, but most of it is fairly straight forward. I'd be honest, most of my learning was done online and through trial and error, so I did not go through the book that much, prefer to learn on experience.
WordPress can pretty much do anything, it just takes a little searching sometimes. GOOD LUCK!