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Silent Cry

On the outside, Dorothy Newton appeared to live a dream life. She was married to a handsome, successful, famous professional athlete, Nate Newton—the world did not see her suffering behind closed doors.

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What People Are Saying

Thoughts About Dorothy and Silent Cry

  • Courageous, Strong, Beautiful, and Christ-Honoring

    Here are the words I would use to describe my dear friend Dorothy Newton: courageous, strong, beautiful, and Christ-honoring. She bravely tells her story of abuse to encourage others that even in the midst of heartbreak and pain, God is faithful. You can survive brokenness, and the key is knowing the One who was broken and bruised for all mankind—Jesus. - Joni Lamb, vice president and cofounder of Daystar Television Network

  • Helps Victims Know That They Can Escape Domestic Abuse

    Beauty, honesty, and guts describe this overcomer named Dorothy Newton. Because of Dorothy’s courage to tell her story, all of us will better understand the horrible reality of domestic violence in our own backyard. We’ll discover that all of us are responsible to learn about it, fight it, and give others a way out when they need it. Most of all, this true story will help victims know without a doubt that with God, they can escape domestic abuse and rise above it. Lisa Rose, founder and board president of The Gatehouse, a ministry for women and children in crisis

  • She Graciously Takes You Into Her World

    My friend Dorothy Newton will become your friend as she graciously takes you into her world—into the celebrity lifestyle and the shadowy recesses where abuse dominated and destroyed her dream world. She shares mistakes and victories. She contrasts the voice of abuse, which shouts fear and shame, with the sweet song of freedom and healing. In Silent Cry, you will be encouraged to not let your pain define you or your future. I have no doubt that getting to know Dorothy Newton will enrich and encourage you. - Debbie Morris, executive pastor, Pink (Gateway Women) at Gateway Church and author of The Blessed Woman

  • We Admire her Strength and Courage

    We’ve been friends with Dorothy Newton for years and have long admired her strength and courage. She’s a devoted mother who after her divorce brought that family together and held them so tightly that nothing could have ever torn them apart. It was incredibly touching and inspiring to watch. She is also one of the most spiritual people we’ve ever met, something she leaned on for strength during the trials of her marriage. She has a lifetime of wisdom to impart, and the simple, straightforward way she does so here makes every page an inspiration. It’s a book filled with love, perseverance, and proof that in America, second acts aren’t only for men; women have some pretty remarkable ones as well.- Emmitt Smith, NFL Hall of Famer, Pat Smith, founder/CEO of Treasure You

What Sheila Walsh Is Saying

Forward to Silent Cry

You can tell a lot about someone by looking into his or her eyes. Some eyes sparkle with life, some seem far away and distracted, while others are deep pools of sadness. Eyes can tell a story that the heart would find difficult to put into words.

I remember the first time I looked into Dorothy’s eyes. She was a guest at a Christmas production I was hosting, and I was introduced to her at the meet and greet at the end of the evening. Her elegant beauty and lovely smile were what struck me initially—but it was the depth of what I saw in her eyes that stayed with me. As I drove home that  night, I prayed for her. I knew nothing of her story, but I saw something I recognized. I saw the familiar weight of one who has walked a long, hard road and gathered the rare fruit of profound empathy that only such a path can produce. Grace rested in her eyes.

When this manuscript came across my desk, I was excited to read her story. It’s a hard story to read. Dorothy’s life has been marked by pain and abuse since she was a child. If that sounds warning bells deep inside you, don’t pull back; there is so much more here that you need to know.

She is honest and transparent about a time when it was almost impossible for a woman to be heard and taken seriously, particularly if she was married to a powerful man. We live in a culture that worships and elevates our sports stars but doesn’t love them enough to help them when they are clearly in trouble. When we attempt to contain and manage the rage that rests inside some of our heroes, we do them a disservice, and we abandon those who need us most — their wives and children. I pray that Dorothy’s courage in telling her story will be a catalyst for change.

More than anything, this is a story of redemption and hope. No matter how deep the pit you find yourself in might be, the love of God is deeper still. No matter how many poor choices you might have made, His mercies are new every morning.

If you are a woman living in a desperate situation, you will find help in these pages. You are not alone. If you know of someone who is being  abused, this book will give you very practical steps to know how to help. If you are the abuser, there is hope and healing for you as well. It’s never too late to throw yourself on the grace and mercy of God and begin the slow but sure process of learning to live differently.

I highly recommend this book. It’s heartbreaking to think that Dorothy had to endure so much for so long, and yet what shines through her story is a spiritual truth of which I am convinced: It’s amazing what God can do with a broken life if you give Him all the pieces.

Sheila Walsh