Start Winning with Money – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest
Donnie Masters’ Start Winning with Money is a helpful educational guide that teaches readers how to better manage their finances. In it, Masters debunks some popular misconceptions about debt, investment, and money, then sets the record straight. He provides useful tips for budgeting, saving, and spending hard-earned money in productive ways. Masters’ knowledgeable advice will give readers the methods and wisdom they need to start winning with their own money – and keep doing so.
There were some instances in Start Winning with Money where the narration seemed a bit distracted; Donnie Masters seemed to keep going slightly off track before springing back to the subject at hand. Also, perhaps Masters relied a bit too heavily on personal opinion in some places, such as when he discussed Dave Ramsey or public education. This didn’t necessarily harm the book, but sticking solely to more factual evidence would probably have been more effective in these cases.
What makes Start Winning with Money so great, though, is that it’s genuine; this isn’t a book full of fluff by someone who has never lived what they’re preaching to readers. Early in the book, Donnie Masters shares how he, at one point, lost his job, marriage, and house all in the span of three weeks, then had to rebuild his life from the ground up. He learned a lot during his ascent, and passes it on to his readers in this book. So, aside from good advice, there’s an extra layer of real-life experience woven into Start Winning with Money that makes it all the more trustworthy. It’s also written in a casual, friendly tone that makes it easier to absorb and understand the information presented. At its core, though, Start Winning with Money is about the reader taking initiative in their own lives. As Donnie Masters wrote, “It’s up to you, and only you, to choose to live a better financial life.” Start Winning with Money is an invaluable tool to help you do just that.
Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.