A note from Steve Gallagher.
Rebecca Springer  was born in Indianapolis in 1832, the daughter of a Methodist pastor. She graduated from the Wesleyan Female College in 1850. Nine years later she married an aspiring attorney who would later serve in the state legislature. Apparently she had a feeble constitution her entire life. It is unclear what year she had her after-death experience, but her book Intra Muros (Latin for “within the walls”) was initially published in 1898.
The first time I gave any serious consideration to the subject of time and eternity was in 1993, when my spiritual mentor gave me a copy of Intra Muros (also known as “My Dream of Heaven”). My initial impression of it was that the author was a very godly woman. It was mostly little things she said throughout the book that gave me that sense. I never had the feeling that it was conjured up or written for self-serving purposes. Most of all, this book has been a tremendous blessing to my life. I make a point of reading it annually, if for no other reason than just to keep the realities of heaven clearly in view.
I would also like to say something about the viability of such a vision. How do we know that heaven is really as good as she depicts? Well, Scripture actually says quite a bit about it and I would highly recommend Randy Alcorn’s excellent book, “Heaven” for those who wish to deepen their understanding of the hereafter for believers. Also I should mention that I devoted an entire section to the subject in my book, “The Time of Our Lives in Light of Eternity.”
But back to our question: I will answer that question with one that Alcorn poses in his book: “Why can’t it be like this?” We know that anything God creates for our eternal happiness is only going to be good. I tend to think that the skepticism expressed in such a question reveals a lack of comprehension of the enormous goodness of God. If anything, I would think that heaven could only be far, far better than the happy place she described.
 She gave herself and her family members the surname “Sprague” in the story, for the sake of privacy for living family members.
 It has been released by various publishers over the years. It is also known as My Dream of Heaven.