The story does seem to flow better to me now. The seven pages I deleted were mostly dialog, and I felt like the book was getting to wordy because it seemed like all the characters were doing was talking and I wasn't getting to where I wanted to be fast enough. Changes are normal in the life of an author.
On another note...
It was brought to my attention that there is one letter missing in the title of one of my poems in "Second Thoughts: A Collection of Poetry." I made the change to my manuscript, and will upload the new file to Lulu soon. I've already approved the book, but Lulu still allows me to revise my book after the fact if I find anything wrong with it.
I'm just glad there was only one mistake I missed after the hundreds of corrections I made initially. Here's to re-approving my book!