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The most important part of the book (if you hope to avoid pregnancy with charting) is the whole thing, inside and out. Read it two or three times. Make notes! The most important part of the book if you are TTC is just whatever interests you.
Natural Family Planning is an umbrella term that desribes a variety of methods for avoiding pregnancy with charting. Different forms of NFP have different ways of charting and different ways of interpreting the signs of fertility for avoiding pregnancy. The Billings Ovulation Method is one of those forms, a mucus only method - a system of charting that involves observing only cervical mucus in great detail, and only 4 simple rules for avoiding pregnancy. Taking Charge of Your Fertility outlines one form of the Sympo Thermal Method, which includes the use of basal body temperatures. Other variations of the Sympto Thermal Method include the Couple to Couple League, Northwest Family Services, and Serena. Other mucus only methods of NFP include Family of the Americas Ovulation Method, and the Creighton Model.
Think of it like sports. Lots of sports include the use of a ball (like lots of forms of NFP include the use of charting). But the WAY the ball is used is completely different. Soccer uses it differently than basketball. The Billings Method uses charting differently than the Couple to Couple League. The Billings Method interprets mucus differently than the Creighton Model does. Get the idea? Both are forms of NFP (like both soccer and basketball are both sports), but have completely different systems for evaluating fertility and different game plans for avoiding pregnancy!
The great thing is, there is a variety of methods to choose from because couples are bound to have different preferences. None of them are better than the others, they all work exceptionally well for avoiding pregnancy as long as they are learned properly with a certified instructor.
Does that explain it? If you get a second, read through the NFP Method Comparison in the NFP/FAM Resource Sticky. It explains the most popular forms of NFP, how they work, and how they are different.