“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 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, straight-forward way she does so in her autobiography, Silent Tears, 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 & Pat Smith Emmitt is an NFL Pro Football Hall of Famer, Pat is the CEO of Treasure YouTM”
Silent TEARS captures you from the very beginning and pulls you along, page by page, into Dorothy’s amazing story. You will be moved by the pain she suffered, the choices she made, and by the faithfulness of God sustaining her along the way.
Raised near New Orleans in a blended family as one of six children, Dorothy Newton was surrounded by abuse and living in poverty. Her mother instilled in her a strong foundation of faith in God and reliance on His grace. Attending university on academic and sports scholarships, she became the first in her family to graduate college. She moved to Dallas, Texas and began a successful career.
Becoming the celebrity wife of an adored Super Bowl champion, with every material possession at her fingertips, Dorothy Newton had it all—or so it seemed. Sadly, there’s a not-so-uncommon other side to fame—an abusive, behind-closed-doors, private side of public life that few know about and fewer believe when glimpses are revealed. Silent TEARS takes the reader on the roller coaster journey of Dorothy Newton, celebrity wife. From poverty, second-hand abuse, and meager beginnings to success, fame and good fortune … then to silent abuse, divorce, financial collapse, and single motherhood. Finally, her journey takes her through healing, restoration, and victorious living. Throughout Silent TEARS you’ll find yourself rooting for Newton in the way you root for underdogs in films such as Rocky and Chariots of Fire.
The public does not want to think of their “heroes” and “superstars” as flawed. Worse, when handlers discover the abusive nature of their stars, too often they cover it up to protect their “product” rather than help the victim. Tragically, history has too often revealed the church to be just as guilty of such cover ups as the celebrity handlers, managers, and publicists.
Silent TEARS is a book for anyone who is suffering in silence, whatever the shame may be—abuse, betrayal, divorce, death of a loved one, financial collapse, or job loss. This is the story of a woman who clung to hope in Christ when it seemed hopeless. In the midst of feeling invisible, Jesus saw her, held her, and carried her through. He will do the same for you.
Celebrity or not, the reader is sure to experience an emotional tugging of the heart as they identify with some part of Newton’s journey and persevering spirit as she faces unrelenting challenges. Those who have survived their own horrific ordeals—and we all have suffered something—will receive inspiring hope. As you witness Newton’s peace in the storm, you’ll see God delivers divine intervention throughout our lives in sometimes visibly big, yet most often silently small ways.
Statistics demonstrate that someone in your life is being abused right now—it might be you or someone close to you. Sure, abuse is something we’ve all heard about, but few see it (even when it is happening to a close friend). Tragically even fewer talk about abuse in any meaningful way. Yet, the shame of physical, mental, and emotional abuse delivers life-long effects, destructive patterns, and painful scars. A child suffers the same effects from abuse whether they directly experience it or when it is experienced second hand through witnessing the abuse of another—a parent or sibling. Without intervention and help, abuse continues for generations. As you read Dorothy’s journey you’ll be able to begin to recognize the silent signs of abuse that may be happening to someone you love. May this book be your wake up call to hear the silent tears of others and inspire you to be the one God uses to bring deliverance and healing.
Dorothy Newton is living proof that with God there is deliverance, healing, and restoration even after years of suffering in silence. The hope is always bigger than the pain—you can and will make it if you cling to God. He sees you. He hears you. He will give you peace.