Chris, all power tools require healthy respect. A little common sense like wearing safety glasses, hearing protection and using dust collection protect you from common problems. If you can remember two simple rules you should be fine. Do not put your fingers within 3" of your router bit. The other rule is we ALWAYS unplug our routers when changing bits or making adjustments. We use push sticks and backerboards to help keep our digits in place. Many books make routing seem like a religious ceremony and I guess for some people it is. To me routing is an easy way to work on projects. Spend some time reading the "Sticky threads" at the top of each section of the forums. They are loaded with valuable information.
"Living in the D" (this means Detroit!)
"It's fine to disagree with other members as long as you respect their opinions"