Surely to be swept aside in news of hurricane, flood, and the general noise of Twitter is a letter, found after many years by Karen Tumulty from Ronald Reagan to his dying father-in-law. It is nothing short of a full-blown evangelical outreach to a man on his deathbed, an effort to secure his father-in-law’s soul for the hereafter. Tumulty says, “His language did not have the speechwriter-polished sheen we associate with the president who came to be known as the Great Communicator,” and yet I have read it several times and each time it has moved me to tears. To my mind the lack of eloquence makes it even more moving. Those widely read will recognize that President Reagan borrows arguments from C.S. Lewis and Billy Graham, peppered with personal stories that many will recall him telling more than once.