Dorothy Newton, the former wife of three-time Super Bowl champion Nate Newton, is the author of Silent Cry: The True Story of Abuse and Betrayal of an NFL Wife (Zondervan, Released 10/6/15, ISBN 978-0-310-34484-1).
Dorothy was raised in poverty by her mother and stepfather near New Orleans, Louisiana. The oldest of six children, she put herself through college on a volleyball scholarship from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Business.
Growing up, Dorothy witnessed her stepfather physically and verbally abuse her mother and promised herself that she would never be in such a marriage, yet like so many others, she repeated her mother’s pattern. Shortly after college, Dorothy married Nathaniel (Nate) Newton, now a retired Dallas Cowboy. After they got married, Nate grew violent and Dorothy eventually filed for divorce to protect herself.
Today, Dorothy holds an M.B.A. and is a Practice Administrator for a health care organization. She is the proud mother of two boys—Nathaniel Newton III (Tre’) and Nate King Newton.
She is a frequent host on Daystar Television Network’s “Joni Table Talk” and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs to address the topic of abuse.
Dorothy, an active member of Gateway Church in Southlake Texas, is a Christian speaker, a Bible study leader and serves on the Advisory Board of the Life of a Single Mom Ministries. She has worked with many organizations including Jack & Jill of America, SASO (Scholars & Athletes Serving Others) and Presbyterian Homeless Night Shelter.
“Powerful. Straightforward. Honest. Brave. These are words I use to describe Dorothy Newton. When I first met her, I knew immediately there was a spiritual strength about her that was uncommon. However, it wasn’t until she dared to share the story of Silent Cry with me that I fully understood how her ability to overcome personal pain had been shaped by her passion for Jesus. Dorothy chose in the midst of isolation and relational deprivation to turn her tears into floods of victory. She shares the truth of her personal story in a way that reveals hope for anyone dealing with difficult circumstances, unhealthy relationships, or even devastating loss. It is rare to find such honesty and hope in the same place. If you’ve ever wondered how you are going to make it, this book is for you.”
Jan Greenwood, pastor, Pink (Gateway women) at
Gateway Church and author of Women at War