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Rebecca Ruter Springer was 29 when the American Civil War started in 1861. When the war ended five years later, 620,000 soldiers and countless civilians lay dead. It is not surprising, therefore, that the dead and heaven were much considered over the next 40 years in the USA. And it was this spiritual climate that created Springer's classic, Intra Muros, or as it is now generally known, My Dream of Heaven.
Rebecca was born in 1832, in Indianapolis, Indiana, the daughter of a Methodist clergyman; she graduated from the Wesleyan Female College in 1850, and Methodist Christianity remained her spiritual home. In 1859, two years before the Civil War, she married William Springer, who went on to become a lawyer and member of the Illinois General Assembly. They had one son, also called William, but Rebecca's health was never good; she was described by one person as 'feeble'. In 1868 the couple went on a two-year European tour to improve her health, but it remained poor until her death. It was amidst ill health that her classic work was born.
Intra Muros ('Between the Walls'), or My Dream of Heaven, was written in 1898. It was a vision given to her during severe illness, and she was unconscious for some days as she received the vision - which in the telling, covers a period of years. On reflection, she came to understand the short book as a series of basic truths about heaven, offering readers both confidence that God had prepared a place for them and that awaiting them there was a wonderful reunion with loved ones who had gone before.
Springer did not bestow the status of 'prophecy' on her work; but rather intended it as comfort. As she said, she wrote the book with 'the hope that it may comfort and uplift some who read, even as it did, and as its memory will ever do, for me. I submit the imperfect sketch of a most perfect vision.'
©2009 White Crow Productions Ltd; (P)2009 White Crow Productions Ltd
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By Yolkb on 08-29-17

A very good dream

Although I believe the author's sincerity, there were some things that didn't line up Biblically.

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By Deb Shannon on 05-18-17

Beautiful Story for Christians Who Are Grieving

This book is a treasure for anyone who is grieving. If you are a fan of Jane Austen or period books/films in general, you will love this book. Although this is an account of a near death experience, the beautiful way it is written was medicine for my grief after my beautiful Mother passes away suddenly. This is not the Bible, nor should it be taken as any sort of Holy Spirit inspired gospel/story. It is a story of one woman's experience whether real or imagined and should be read as such. It is among my all time favorite reads.

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By Ms. Lynn Martin on 05-10-10


Loved this book from beginning to end the only bad thing about this book is it ended. Wanted it to go on and on. Wished I was there, a very discriptive book, and very interesting. Could be life changing if I didn't already believe in the after life. Will listen to it again and again.

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By Ann Marie on 04-19-10


For anyone recently bereaved I highly reccomend this book. It will give you a sense of peace and hope that perhaps this is where your loved one may be

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