This week's book giveaway is in the OCPJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide and have Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates on-line! See this thread for details.
Well, just take a smart approach to learning. Start with the basics, and work from there.
My signature links will take you to a set of Hibernate tutorials that will show you how to set up your environment and so some of the core interactions with your database. Check them out, give them a try, and when you run into a problem, post more questions in this forum. We're here to help!