In order to address the increasing demands for clean energy, it is highly desirable to explore new electrode materials to improve the efficiency of lithium ion batteries (LIBs). In this work, we report the successful synthesis of a crystalline (H3O)(2)(enH(2))Cu8Sn3S12 material via a surfactant-thermal strategy. The crystal structure analysis shows that the as-prepared chalcogenide has 3D interconnected channels occupied by disordered H(2)en(2+) and H3O+. Taking advantage of porous structures and H(2)en(2+) and H3O+ as stabilizers, (H3O)(2)(enH(2)) Cu8Sn3S12 has been explored as an anode material for lithium ion batteries. Our results exhibit a high capacity of 563 mA h g(-1) at a current density of 0.1 A g(-1) after 100 cycles. In addition, outstanding cycling properties are demonstrated with only 7.2\% capacity loss from the 5th to 100th cycle. Our research could provide insight into the exploration of crystalline ternary thiostannate for lithium ion batteries in the future.