Hi! Welcome to the forum.
I can agree there is so much information, for a beginner it can be overwhelming. Also, just like in christianity, there are various traditions in Buddhism. Those have a lot in common, but there are some slight differences. You don't have to choose any, many people feel connected with multiple traditions.
Anyway, for me -and many others- the Buddhist path stands or falls with meditation. It is the key to understanding ourselves and others. And with this understanding, kindness and compassion can grow. I would suggest you find a good book and/or possibly a teacher or group to learn meditation. A good free online book can be found here:http://www.urbandharma.org/udharma4/mpe.html
It also has a nice introduction on what meditation is and isn't.
You can also practice meditation without the rest of the Buddhist path, but I personally would recommend looking into the five precepts also. They are practices (not rules) buddhists try to apply in everyday life. These can really support your practice and your entire life. Read more about them for example here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Precepts
Also, when a precept says 'abstain from stealing' this also means doing the opposite of stealing, so giving things. Same for the other precepts
All of this will get you started, but will also be the basis for the rest of your life. Deeper teachings can always come later, if you feel like it. But without a solid base they aren't really effective.
I hope you can find what you are looking for in Buddhism, and/or in meditation.