Born in South Dakota at a time when America was reeling from a dust bowl, a depression and a second world war, Evelyn lived with Mamma, Edith, a socialite who marries her Daddy, a broke but charming southerner, Lon. Eventually she will have five brothers. Ted, who becomes a handsome charmer like his dad, Mike, a brilliant scientist type who can tell wild stories, and falls prey to adult depravity. Bill the quiet unassuming lost child, Bernie, who Evelyn thinks belongs to her, and Jerry, who died at 9 months old — a death Evelyn blames herself for.
To Be Somebody is a story about alcoholism and pain, about faith in a higher power and healing of the soul, about joy and recovery. In To Be Somebody, Evelyn Leite shows the truth of the observation that those who love and live with a drinking alcoholic become victims of the illness just as surely as does the alcoholic.
What Do Women Want? It's a simple question without a simple answer. While every woman's needs are varied and unique, cultural dynamics and psychological trauma lead to patterns of miscommunication that hinder true understanding and cripple relationships. In Women: What Do We Want Evelyn Leite draws insights from interviews and from her decades of experience counseling women to reveal the roots of the issues that plague many relationships and provide guidance to more love and spicier passion.
A Fix for the Family Rift Caused by Addiction - The dysfunctional family can be restored and become a healthy family. Evelyn Leite's book is complete with explanations and responses you can take to help your family thrive. Each chapter offers clear, concise, and compassionate information providing genuine hope for the family that's been commandeered by addiction.
When alcoholism is present in a family there can be a lot of loneliness and emotional desolation. Family members of an addict suffer from confusion, anger, and fear and aren’t sure what should be done or how much drinking behavior should be excused. Few families understand the dynamics of the disease of addiction. Detachment is a road map to help families know what actions to take when they find themselves in this situation.
Chemical dependence is a puzzling, baffling issue. It is important to understand that it is a disease issue, not a moral issue. And while it may be a critical issue for the afflicted (and those around them), it is not a hopeless issue. The hope lies in acceptance and courage, in surrender and gratitude, and most of all in the ordinary people who are willing to share their stories with others who need to hear them.
There are those people who God brings into our lives to teach us how to be better human beings.. Evelyn Leite has been that to not only me, but hundreds, possibly thousands of others. As a friend, a therapist, a mother, a sister, an aunt and a daughter she has been an invaluable example of strength, courage, compassion and understanding. Through her gift of sharing openly and honestly, she has taught us all about love, faith, vulnerability, fear, anger, perseverance, starting over, and most importantly, truth. She is the definition of one who not only talks the talk; she has certainly and continues to walk the walk. I personally cherish time spent in her presence. At many dark places in my life, God's light and love shining through her has been the beacon of hope I needed.