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I was given Little Madhouse on the Prairie some time back.  After reading it, I was moved to comment on it, in hopes that it will wind up in the hands of those who can benefit from its message. Marion Witte’s story is every child’s worst nightmare. The fact that she endured the physical and emotional scares of her childhood is incredible. But, even more amazing, is her intense desire to prevent or help others who might be suffering as she did.  The book, “Little Madhouse on the Prairie: A True-Life Story of Overcoming Abuse and Healing the Spirit”  is her story. Read it if you want to find out what true inspiration really means.  I give a copy of ‘Madhouse’ to many of my clients as a message of hope and help. Ms. Witte is not now, nor has she ever been, a patient of mine. Dr. Bunny Vreeland, Ventura, California Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist


In Little Madhouse on the Prairie, Marion describes the abuse she suffered as a child and the actions she took to recover from the abuse.  As a therapist, I am struck with her progression from being a victim to personal empowerment.  That came with the commitment to heal herself, not merely to survive the abuse, but to thrive.  Her journey through various modes of healing will be valuable to others who have not yet made this journey.  In the final section, Lessons I have Learned, the reader will gain an understanding of how childhood abuse can affect one’s behavior in the present.  The book engenders hope because Ms. Witte shows that it is not the abuse itself, but rather her responses to the abuse that creates the person one becomes. Nan Gold, M.A., MFT Past President of the Southern California Association for Marriage and Family Therapy


To be of real interest, every character you meet, either in life or in a book, must be vulnerable, resilient and, finally, able to endure and survive.  Ms. Witte, in her memoir of childhood abuse, reveals all of these qualities and takes us with her on a voyage of triumphant emerging self-hood.  That she felt she had to do it alone is a poignant reminder of her innate strength. Little Madhouse on the Prairie is a provocative read for anyone who is involved in childhood abuse, either as a secret perpetrator or victim. Witte showed that a person does not need to stay in either role forever, and that a little child can lead parents away from the trap of imitating their own abusive parents. As in most of life, forgiveness is the key to survival. As Witte learns to forgive, her chances of recovery grow steadily.  Reading this book can teach one much about forgiveness. The worst self-indulgence this world offers is the cruel parental abuse of a trusting and ever-loving child.  This is a good book.  Read it and weep for abused children everywhere and try to stop the infection.  It is highly contagious. The Rev. Dr. Addyse Lane Palagyi The Episcopal Church Diocese of Oregon


It took a lot of courage for me to pick up the book and begin to read “Little Madhouse on the Prairie.”  I was afraid I would have nightmares, or it would feel like getting a tooth drilled without Novocain.  I thought the subject of child abuse would be too painful.  Yet I was surprised to find myself drawn into the scenes in the book with a fascination and interest in exploring just how resilient the spirit can be.   I was inspired to know that one can survive that much distress and come out fighting for life, saying “no, you cannot treat me like that anymore,” and with a belief that a child could grow up with the ambition and drive to create a better life.  It is inspiring that we as human beings can go thru this much horror and be able to heal to the point of wanting to give something back.  It is a sacrifice to write, relive and share the experiences in the book. It is a gift to bring the conditions out that have usually stayed in the closet. The book is a tool to advocate for children to have the right to have a safe, sane and enriching environment in which to grow up.  I am certain more children will be protected because of this book.  It is a must read for anyone interested in children, healing and education. Thank you, Marion Witte, for your strength, courage and compassion. Dr. Laurie Edgcomb, Ojai, California


Frighteningly insightful is the phrase that comes to mind.  When examining one’s own past, it is helpful to find a well constructed prism through which clarity can be achieved.  Little Madhouse, and the story of achievement despite horrendous circumstances, can provide that vehicle as we survivors examine our pasts to achieve our future free from its burdens. David Ambroz, Esquire Executive Director, Los Angeles City College Foundation


It is my true wish that EVERYONE read this book, and recognize the power of acknowledgement and forgiveness – not that we have to forget or condone actions of our families – but recognizing we have a choice to take responsibility for our present life. Marion’s book is a MUST READ, as a way to understand how families’ behaviors overtly and subtlety affect children for the rest of their lives, and how the power of facing the lions and tigers and bears can bring us to a place of acceptance, self-love, and peace. I doubt there is anyone who doesn’t recall some element of an unfortunate event in their childhood, and yet there are so many of us who have experienced the physical and psychological abuse dealt by troubled, yet well-meaning parents, and those memories stay with us and impact us every day. Marion’s book is a wonderfully touching revelation of her experiences growing up in a dysfunctional family. It is amazing that she was able to grow into the kind, thoughtful, and loving woman she is now. Reading her book brought to the surface many of my own unfortunate events in earlier years. While painful to look at, it is quite cathartic to face those events now, recognize their impact, and choose to forgive and move on with life. Marion’s book is well written, easy to read, will bring tears to your eyes, and a smile to your face! What a fabulous talent Marion has to be able to touch readers in such a way. Please read Little Madhouse On the Prairie…TODAY! Dr. Patricia Carey, Dallas, Texas


It is interesting how some children survive these tragedies and go on to forgive, and be able to love again, as Marion has done.  Speaking as a lawyer who defends domestic violence victims in civil court, I know how truly hazardous it is for abuse victims. There are numerous laws which can serve to protect victims, but the problem is the personality of an abuser, who is often cunning and controlling. It is inspiring to hear how Marion survived this “madness” despite the toll it took on her.  I was also glad to learn about how she grew as a person, to learn compassion and love, both for her abusers and for herself.  She is truly victorious in the game of true humanity. Michele McCaslin, Attorney at Law, Los Angeles, California Practice Exclusive to Family Law  




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A Compelling Read

Marion Witte’s book is a compelling and inspiring read.  She tells the haunting story of her abusive childhood and takes us on her journey as she gradually gains insight into the ways that the abuse she experienced affected her self-image and behavior as an adult.  Most importantly, through sharing her path toward recovery and healing, she shows all of us who have experienced trauma in childhood that, through our personal work and commitment to heal, we can learn to be healthier, happier people than we may have thought possible.

MBD, Los Angeles, California

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