I don't know about the book you are talking about... but I have a few good(at least they seem to be) suggestions. First though, a few questions.
Can you currently run at all, or are you coming "off the couch" as it were. The reason I ask is that there are two different approaches (dozens probably, but here is my take); Start learning how to run before you worry about a Marathon, and then, start out at a beginners schedule. It's going to be the best chance you'll have to avoid injury.
If you currently aren't run, I would highly recommend the: walk-to-running program.
If you are currently running a decent distance, 3-4miles, then you could launch straight into the program I'm on currently: MT's Schedule 1 training program.
You can check out my own progress by simply Clicking Here to see my Schedule 1 -- Note, this is the same schedule taken from Art's MarathonGuide.com, I've simply modified it for my own training purposes
I wish you the very best of luck on your training, feel free to stop by on IRC (www.irchelp.org) if you would like to chat with me or other "fit geeks" as it were. :) The channel to use is: #fitgeek and the server is: irc.freenode.net
Have fun running!
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